Blackwell, Fermon Malachi, SSML3c

Fallen
 
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Last Rank
Petty Officer Third Class
Last Primary NEC
SSML-0000-Ship's Serviceman Laundry
Last Rating/NEC Group
Ship's Serviceman Laundry
Primary Unit
1943-1945, SSML-0000, USS Indianapolis (CA-35)
Service Years
1942 - 1945
SSML-Ship's Serviceman Laundry

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Home State
Louisiana
Louisiana
Year of Birth
1922
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Kisatchie, LA
Last Address
Kisatchie, LA

Casualty Date
Jul 30, 1945
 
Cause
Hostile-Body Not Recovered
Reason
Torpedoed
Location
Pacific Ocean
Conflict
World War II
Location of Interment
New Kisatchie Cemetery - Kisatchie, Louisiana
Wall/Plot Coordinates
(memorial marker)

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On July 30, 1945, the USS Indianapolis was torpedoed. Of the 1,196 aboard, about 900 made it into the water in the twelve minutes before she sank. Few life rafts were released. Most survivors wore the standard kapok life jacket. Due to her top secret mission, she was not reported missing. Shark attacks began with sunrise of the first day, and continued for five days until the men were finally spotted in the water and rescued. Only 316 men survived.

SSML3 Blackwell was among the men listed as missing in action and later declared dead.
   
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Service number: 6455837
   
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  1943-1945, SSML-0000, USS Indianapolis (CA-35)

SSML-Ship's Serviceman Laundry

From Month/Year
April / 1943

To Month/Year
July / 1945

Unit
USS Indianapolis (CA-35) Unit Page

Rank
Petty Officer Third Class

NEC
SSML-0000-Ship's Serviceman Laundry

Location
Not Specified

Country/State
Not Specified
 
 
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 USS Indianapolis (CA-35) Details

USS Indianapolis (CA-35)
























 
CLASS - PORTLAND
Displacement 9,950 Tons, Dimensions, 610' 3" (oa) x 66' 1" x 24' (Max)
Armament 9 x 8"/55, 8 x 5"/25, 8 x 0.5" 4 Aircraft.
Armor, 5" Belt, 2 1/2 Turrets, 2 1/2" Deck, 1 1/4 Conning Tower.
Machinery, 107,000 SHP; Geared Turbines, 4 screws
Speed, 32.7 Knots, Crew 621.
Operational and Building Data
Keel laid on 31 MAR 1930 at New York Shipbuilding Corp., Camden, NJ
Launched 07 NOV 1931
Commissioned 15 NOV 1932
Fate: Torpedoed and sunk 30 JUL 1945 by Japanese submarine I-58

 

USS Indianapolis (CL/CA-35) was a Portland-class heavy cruiser of the United States Navy. She was named for the city of Indianapolis, Indiana.

She was the flagship of Admiral Raymond Spruance while he commanded the Fifth Fleet in battles across the Central Pacific. Her sinking led to the greatest single loss of life at sea in the history of the U.S. Navy. On 30 July 1945, after delivering parts for Little Boy, the first atomic bomb used in combat, to the United States air base at Tinian, the ship was torpedoed by the Imperial Japanese Navy submarine I-58, sinking in 12 minutes. Of 1,196 crewmen aboard, approximately 300 went down with the ship.

The remaining 900 faced exposure, dehydration, saltwater poisoning, and shark attacks while floating with few lifeboats and almost no food or water. The Navy learned of the sinking when survivors were spotted four days later by the crew of a PV-1 Ventura on routine patrol. Only 317 survived.

 

Rank Name Date
Captain John M. Smeallie 15 November 1932 — 10 December 1934
Captain William S. McClintic 10 December 1934 — 16 March 1936
Captain Henry Kent Hewitt 16 March 1936 – 5 June 1937
Captain Thomas C. Kinkaid 5 June 1937 – 1 July 1938
Captain John F. Shafroth, Jr. 1 July 1938 – 1 October 1941
Captain Edward Hanson 1 October 1941 – 11 July 1942
Captain Morton L. Deyo 11 July 1942 – 12 January 1943
Captain Nicholas Vytlacil 12 January 1943 – 30 July 1943
Captain Einar R. Johnson 30 July 1943 – 18 November 1944
Captain Charles B. McVay III 18 November 1944 – 30 July 1945


Type
Surface Vessels

Existing/Disbanded
Sunk

Parent Unit
Surface Vessels USS I-K

Strength
Heavy Cruiser

Created/Owned By
Not Specified
   

Last Updated: Feb 26, 2019
   
   
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USS Indianapolis
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USS Indianapolis (CA-35)

Haynes, Lewis Leavitt, CAPT, (1938-1965) OFF 210X Lieutenant Commander
Conway, Thomas Michael, LT, (1942-1945) OFF 410X Lieutenant
Rood, William, MCPO, (1942-1966) 00 00-0000 Master Chief Petty Officer
Hines, Lionel Gordon, PO1, (1942-1945) WT WT-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Anderson, Vincent Udell, PO1, (1938-1945) BM BM-0000 Boatswain's Mate 1st Class
Becker, Myron Melvin, PO2, (1943-1945) WT WT-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Figgins, Harley, PO2, (1942-1945) WT WT-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Loyd, John, PO2, (1943-1945) WT WT-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Wilcox, Lindsey Zeb, PO2, (1942-1946) WT WT-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Labuda, Arthur Al, PO3, (1943-1945) QM QM-0000 Quartermaster 3rd Class
Acosta, Charles Mack, PO3, (1943-1945) MM MM-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Cairo, William George, PO3, (1942-1945) BG BUG-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Carter, Loyd, PO3, (1941-1945) SN SN-9700 Petty Officer Third Class
Cavitt, Clinton Columbus, PO3, (1943-1945) WT WT-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Evans, Claudus, PO3, (1942-1945) GMT GMT-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Smith, Harold Milton, PO2, (1942-1946) MM MM-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Albright, Charles Erskine, Cox, (1942-1945) COX COX-0000 Coxswain
Abbott, George Stanely, S1c, (1943-1945) 00 00-0000 Seaman 1st Class
Allen, Paul Franklin, S1c, (1943-1945) S1c S1c-0000 Seaman 1st Class
Kaplafka, George, S1c SN SN-0000 Seaman 1st Class
Lauder, James, S1c, (1944-1946) RD RD-0000 Seaman 1st Class
McDowell, Robert Earl, S1c, (1943-1945) S1c S1c-0000 Seaman 1st Class
Moreland, Tom, S1c, (1940-1945) 00 00-0000 Seaman 1st Class
McComb, Everett Albert, F1c, (1943-1945) F1c F1c-0000 Fireman 1st Class
Adorante, Dante William, S2c, (1944-1945) S2c S2c-0000 Seaman Second Class
E'Golf, Harold Wesley, S2c, (1944-1945) S2c S2c-0000 Seaman Second Class
Goff, Robert, SN, (1942-1946) GM GF-0000 Seaman Second Class
Haberman, Bernard, S2c, (1944-1945) S2c S2c-0000 Seaman Second Class
Labuda, Arthur Al, PO3, (1943-1945) S2c S2c-0000 Seaman Second Class
Sharp, William Hafford, S2c, (1944-1946) S2c S2c-0000 Seaman Second Class
Smith, James, S2c, (1943-1946) S2c S2c-0000 Seaman Second Class
Bennett, Dean Randall, HA2c, (1945-1945) HA HA-0000 Hospital Apprentice 2nd Class
Grindzak, Andrew, F1c, (1942-1945) 00 00-0000 Fireman 3rd Class
Allmaras, Harold Dean, F2c, (1944-1945) F2c F2c-0000 Fireman 2nd Class
Antonie, Charles Jacob, F2c, (1945-1945) F2c F2c-0000 Fireman 2nd Class
Mabee, Kenneth Charles, F2c, (1944-1945) F2c F2c-0000 Fireman 2nd Class
Owensby, Clifford Cecil, F1c, (1944-1945) F2c F2c-0000 Fireman 2nd Class
Crouch, Edwin Mason, CAPT, (1917-1945) OFF Captain
McVay, Charles Butler, RADM, (1916-1949) OFF Captain
Barry, Charles, LTJG, (1943-1945) OFF Lieutenant Junior Grade
Lion, Richard, LTJG, (1942-1947) Lieutenant Junior Grade
Alvey, Edward Wuites, PO2, (1942-1945) AG Petty Officer Second Class
Adams, Pat Leon, S2c, (1943-1945) Seaman Apprentice
Bowman, Charles Edward, TC1, (1939-1945) Chief Petty Officer

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