Crommelin, John G., RADM

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Rear Admiral Upper Half
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131X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Pilot
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Line Officer
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1949-1950, 131X, CNO - OPNAV
Service Years
1923 - 1950
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Rear Admiral Upper Half

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Nov 02, 1996
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  1943-1943, 131X, USS Liscome Bay (CVE-56)


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USS Liscome Bay (CVE-56)
Hull number CVE-56

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Escort Aircraft Carrier

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Last Updated: Mar 15, 2008
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After training operations along the west coast, LISCOME

BAY departed San Diego 21 October 1943 and arrived Pearl

Harbor, 1 week later. Having completed additional drills

and operational exercises, the escort carrier set forth upon

what was to be her first and last battle mission. As a unit

of CarDiv 24, she departed Pearl Harbor 10 November attached

to TF 52, Northern Attack Force, under Rear Adm. Richard K.

Turner, bound for the invasion of the Gilbert Islands.

The invasion bombardment announcing America's first

major thrust into the central Pacific began 20 November at

0500, and 76 battle-filled hours later, Tarawa and Makin

Islands were captured. LISCOME BAY?s aircraft played their

part well in the 2,278 action sorties provided by carrier

based planes which neutralized enemy airbases, supported

landings and ground operations in powerful bombing-strafing

missions, and intercepted enemy raids. With the islands

secured, the U.S. forces began a retirement.

On 23 November, the Japanese submarine I-175 arrived

off Makin. The temporary task group built around Rear Adm.

H. M. Mullinnix's three escorts, LISCOME BAY, CORAL SEA

(CVE-57) and CORREGIDOR (CVE-58) commanded by Rear Adm.

Robert M. Griffin in NEW MEXICO (BB-40) was steaming 20

miles southwest of Butaritari Island at 15 knots. At 0430,

24 November, reveille was made in LISCOME BAY. The ship

went to routine general quarters at 0505 as flight crews

prepared their planes for dawn launchings. There was no

warning of a submarine in the area until about 0510 when a

lookout shouted: " . . . here comes a torpedo!" The missile

struck abaft the after engineroom an instant later with a

shattering roar. A second major detonation closely followed

the first, the entire interior burst into flames. At 0533,

LISCOME BAY listed to starboard and sank, carrying Admiral

Mullinix, Captain Wiltsie, 53 other officers, and 591

enlisted men down with her; 272 of her crew were rescued.

Gallantly her men had served; gallantly they died in the

victorious campaign giving their lives for the Nation's future.

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14 Members Also There at Same Time
USS Liscome Bay (CVE-56)

Wiltsie, Irving Day, CAPT, (1921-1943) OFF 131X Captain
Blair, Foster John, CDR, (1941-1966) OFF 131X Lieutenant
Carroll, Wells Worth, LCDR, (1915-1943) OFF 144X Lieutenant Commander
Sachs, Benjamin, CPO, (1930-1943) YN YN-0000 Chief Petty Officer
Miller, Doris (Dorie), PO3, (1939-1943) MAT MATT-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Jacobs, Robert, PO2 SK SK-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Aden, Laurent Somers, PO3, (1942-1943) AM AM-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Adkins, Richard Carl, PO3, (1942-1943) MM MM-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Culley, Edgar, S1c, (1942-1943) S1c S1c-0000 Seaman 1st Class
Roberts, James Peary, S1c, (1942-1943) S1c S1c-0000 Seaman 1st Class
Farmer, Roscoe L, S2c, (1943-1943) SD SD-0000 Seaman Second Class
Hollister, Richard, SN, (1943-1943) Seaman
Hollister, William, SN, (1943-1953) Seaman
Hutton, Carl Lee, S2c, (1943-1943) BM Seaman Second Class

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