Wilks, Ferris Washington, TM1

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Last Rank
Petty Officer First Class
Last Primary NEC
TM-0000-Torpedoman's Mate
Last Rating/NEC Group
Torpedoman's Mate
Primary Unit
1944-1945, TM-0000, USS Barbel (SS-316)
Service Years
1937 - 1945
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Casualty Date
Feb 04, 1945
Hostile, Died while Missing
Lost At Sea-Unrecovered
Pacific Ocean
Submarine War Patrols
Location of Interment
Manila American Cemetery - Taguig City, Philippines
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Last Known Activity
On 3 February BARBEL sent a message to GABILAN, USS TUNA (SS-203), and USS BLACKFIN (SS-322) stating that she had been bombed by enemy aircraft three times that day and would transmit again the following night with more information. But no transmission came. On 6 February, TUNA indicated that she had been unable to raise BARBEL for 48 hours and requested a rendezvous with her sister sub on the following day. BARBEL didn’t show. The navy declared her overdue and presumed lost on 16 February, the day on which she was scheduled to leave her patrol area.

Japanese records examined after the war state that on 4 February a plane dropped two bombs on a surfaced sub, scoring one hit near the bridge. The crew of the aircraft watched the sub, on fire, plunge beneath the waves. It did not return to the surface. It is almost certain that the sub was BARBEL.

Eighty-one men were lost with their boat, the recipient of three battle stars for her World War II service
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  1944-1945, TM-0000, USS Barbel (SS-316)

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 USS Barbel (SS-316) Details

USS Barbel (SS-316)
Hull number SS-316

USS Barbel (SS-316), a Balao-class submarine, was the first ship of the United States Navy to be named for the barbel, a cyprinoid fish, commonly called a minnow or carp.

Barbel keel was laid down by the Electric Boat Company of Groton, Connecticut. She was launched on 14 November 1943 sponsored by Mrs. Harold A. Allen, and commissioned 3 April 1944, Commander R. A. Keating in command.



Barbel arrived at Pearl Harbor on 21 June 1944 and commenced preparation for her first war patrol. From 15 July 1944-4 February 1945, she carried out four war patrols and is officially credited with sinking six Japanese ships totaling 15,263 tons.

Barbel departed FremantleAustralia, on 5 January 1945 for theSouth China Sea on her fourth patrol. Late in January she was ordered to form a "wolfpack" with Perch and Gabilan and patrol the western approaches to Balabac Strait and the southern entrance toPalawan Passage. On 3 February, Barbel sent a message reporting that she had been attacked three times by enemy aircraft droppingdepth charges and would transmit further information on the following night.

Barbel was never heard from again. Japanese aviators reported an attack on a submarine off southwest Palawan on 4 February. Two bombs were dropped and one landed on the submarine near the bridge. The sub plunged, under a cloud of fire and spray. This was very likely the last engagement of Barbel. She was officially reported lost on 16 February 1945.


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1944-1945, TM-0000, Submarines/USS Barbel (SS-316)
1944-1945, TM-0000, Submarines/USS Barbel (SS-316)
The crew of BARBEL showing off their 10-kill battle flag
25 Members Also There at Same Time
USS Barbel (SS-316)

Toth, James, (1943-1945) TM TM-0000 Other Service Rank
Boyd, Thomas Ray, PO1, (1941-1945) TM TM-0000 Torpedoman 1st Class
Lange, Salvatore Joseph, PO3, (1943-1945) TM TM-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Raguet, Conde Le Roy, LCDR, (1937-1945) OFF 112X Lieutenant Commander
Burress, Maurice Thurman, CPO, (1934-1945) EM EM-0000 Chief Petty Officer
Dytche, John Ralph, CPO, (1934-1945) PhM PhM-0000 Chief Petty Officer
Garner, James Everett, CPO, (1919-1945) RM RM-2303 Chief Petty Officer
Kohrs, Franklin Breckenridg, CPO, (1939-1945) MO MO-0000 Chief Petty Officer
McKenzie, Jack McCallum, CPO, (1935-1945) MO MO-0000 Chief Petty Officer
Miller, Clarence Ralph, CPO, (1932-1945) EM EM-0000 Chief Petty Officer
Boucher, Ralph Irving, PO1, (1941-1945) SC SC-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Brown, Kenneth Dale, PO1, (1939-1945) RM RM-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Eaton, Arthur William, PO2, (1942-1945) QM QM-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Meadows, Fred Nixon, PO3, (1943-1945) GM GM-00TM Petty Officer Third Class
Adams, William Henry, S1c, (1943-1945) S1c S1c-0000 Seaman First Class
Ross, Ernest Lynn, S1c, (1942-1945) S1c S1c-0000 Seaman First Class
Butler, William Mann, LCDR, (1939-1945) Lieutenant Commander
Goodman, Claude Layton, LCDR, (1939-1945) Lieutenant Commander
Burton, David William, LTJG, (1943-1945) Lieutenant Junior Grade
Ellis, Richard, S1c, (1943-1946) Seaman
Harris, Donald Stires, LT, (1940-1945) Lieutenant
Kneisel, Edmund Bixby, LT, (1940-1945) Lieutenant
Glotzbach, Charles George, LTJG, (1942-1945) Lieutenant Junior Grade
Tiffany, William Milton, LTJG, (1941-1945) Lieutenant Junior Grade
Pull, John Paul, ENS, (1939-1945) Ensign

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