Gearhart, James Evans, S2c

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Last Rank
Seaman Second Class
Last Primary NEC
S2c-0000-Seaman 2nd Class
Last Rating/NEC Group
Seaman Second Class
Primary Unit
1943-1944, S2c-0000, USS Corry (DD-463)
Service Years
1942 - 1944
Seaman Second Class

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Home State
West Virginia
West Virginia
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Sophia, WVA
Last Address
Sophia, WVA

Casualty Date
Jun 06, 1944
Hostile-Body Not Recovered
Artillery, Rocket, Mortar
Atlantic Ocean
World War II
Location of Interment
Not Specified
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Last Known Activity

Upon arriving off the coast of Normandy, France, USS Corry (DD-463) headed for Iles Saint-Marcouf, her station for fire support on the front lines at Utah Beach. On D-Day morning 6 June 1944 she fired several hundred rounds of 5-inch ammunition at numerous onshore targets. As H-Hour (0630) neared, when troops would begin fighting their way onto the beaches, the plane assigned to lay smoke for Corry to conceal her from enemy fire was suddenly shot down, leaving Corry fully exposed to German gunners, who were now firing at her in full fury. At approximately H-Hour, during a duel with a shore battery, Corry suffered direct heavy-caliber artillery hits in her engineering spaces amidships. With her rudder jammed, she went around in a circle before all steam was lost. Still under heavy fire, Corry began sinking rapidly with her keel broken and a foot-wide crack across her main deck amidships. After the order to abandon ship, crewmembers fought to survive in bone-chilling water for more than two hours as they awaited rescue under constant enemy fire from German shore gunners. Of her crew, 24 were killed and 60 were wounded.

S2c Gearhart was listed as missing in action and later declared dead.

Service number: 5526004
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  1943-1944, S2c-0000, USS Corry (DD-463)

Seaman Second Class

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July / 1943

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June / 1944

USS Corry (DD-463) Unit Page

Seaman Second Class

S2c-0000-Seaman 2nd Class

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 USS Corry (DD-463) Details

USS Corry (DD-463)
Hull number DD-463 USS Corry DD-463- Sunk June 5th 1944 off Omaha Beach

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Surface Vessels


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Last Updated: Nov 29, 2019
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23 Members Also There at Same Time
USS Corry (DD-463)

Beaudry, Orilien Francis, S2c, (1943-1944) S2c S2c-0000 Seaman Second Class
Braunwarth, William Henry, S2c, (1943-1944) S2c S2c-0000 Seaman Second Class
Figura, Stephen Vincent, S2c, (1943-1944) S2c S2c-0000 Seaman Second Class
Petersen, Bernard John, CPO, (1941-1944) MM MM-0000 Chief Petty Officer
Rovinski, Felix Peter, CPO, (1937-1944) WT WT-0000 Chief Petty Officer
Groot, Thomas, PO1, (1939-1945) BM BM-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Fogg, Dana Earle, PO2, (1943-1944) B B-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Groot, Thomas, PO1, (1939-1945) BM BM-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Radzinski, Joseph, PO2, (1941-1944) WT WT-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Wade, Bernard, PO2, (1942-1944) MM MM-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Stambaugh, Paul Eugene, PO2, (1942-1944) GM GM-0000 Gunner's Mate 2nd Class
Breault, Auvergne Stephen, PO2, (1942-1944) TM TM-0000 Torpedoman 3rd Class
Bateman, Louis, PO3, (1940-1945) BM BM-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Borderieux, James Andrew, PO3, (1942-1944) WT WT-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
McClyment, Richard Earl, PO3, (1942-1944) WT WT-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Newmyer, John Thomas, PO3, (1942-1944) WT WT-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Pahl, Gerald Franklin, PO3, (1942-1944) WT WT-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Tomcho, Frank George, S1c, (1942-1944) S1c S1c-0000 Seaman 1st Class
Whitman, Charles Hamlet, PO3, (1942-1945) S1c S1c-0000 Seaman 1st Class
Baker, Charles Nelson, S2c, (1944-1944) StM StM-0000 Seaman Second Class
Ensey, Lot, VADM, (1930-1968) OFF Commander
Bensman, Norman Richard, LTJG, (1942-1944) OFF Lieutenant Junior Grade
Mitchell, Carl, PO1, (1942-1948) Petty Officer First Class
Chombor, John, S2c, (1942-1944) Seaman Apprentice

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