Semmes, Raphael, IV, CAPT

Deceased
 
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Last Rank
Captain
Last Primary NEC
131X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Pilot
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1965-1967, 131X, NAF El Centro
Service Years
1938 - 1967
Captain
Captain

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Home State
Alabama
Alabama
Year of Birth
1916
 
This Military Service Page was created/owned by the Site Administrator to remember Semmes, Raphael, IV, CAPT USN(Ret).
 
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Home Town
Montgomery, AL
Last Address
El Centro, CA

Date of Passing
Jan 29, 1981
 
Location of Interment
Evergreen Cemetery - El Centro, California
Wall/Plot Coordinates
B 5 64

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Raphael Semmes, IV, was born in Montgomery, Alabama, on 18 January 1916, son of Raphael and Louise (Thornton) Semmes. He attended Huntsville (Alabama) High School and the Marion (Alabama) Institute, prior to entering the US Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland, on appointment from his native state in 1934. Graduated and commissioned Ensign on 2 June 1938, he subsequently advanced in rank, attaining that of Captain, to date from 1 July 1957.

On board USS St Louis, he was present during the Japanese Attack on the Naval Base, at Pearl Harbor, Territory of Hawaii, on 7 December 1941 and subsequently participated in the raids on the Marshall and Gilbert Islands in February 1942 and in the cruiser bombardment of the Aleutian Islands in August of that year.

As pilot of a Fighter Plane in Composite Squadron NINETY-EIGHT...and as Flight Leader of the strike groups from three carriers during attacks on enemy installations and shipping in the Chosen Archipelago, China, on 28 July and 6 August 1945...' He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. The citation further states in part: 'Skillfully avoiding attacks on friendly Chinese shipping, (he) directed strikes on Ting Hai Airfield and Harbor Shipping in the Chosen Area, despite adverse weather conditions and intense antiaircraft fire. By his leadership and courage, he contributed materially to the success of both missions...'

He was also awarded the Air Medal and a Gold Star in lieu of the Second Air Medal for completing ten missions from 7 January to 7 August 1945 and is entitled to the Ribbon for, and a facsimile of the Presidential Unit Citation awarded the USS Lunga Point.

In addition to the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal with Gold Star and the Presidential Unit Citation Ribbon, Captain Semmes has the American Defense Service Medal with star; the American Campaign Medal; Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal; European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal; World War Two Victory Medal; Navy Occupation Service Medal, Asia Clasp; and National Defense Service Medal.

Captain Semmes retired from the US Navy in July 1967. He passed away in El Centro, California 29 January 1981.

   
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  1943-1944, 131X, USS South Dakota (BB-57)

Lieutenant

From Month/Year
August / 1943

To Month/Year
January / 1944

Unit
USS South Dakota (BB-57) Unit Page

Rank
Lieutenant

NEC
131X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Pilot

Location
Not Specified

Country/State
United States
 
 
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 USS South Dakota (BB-57) Details

USS South Dakota (BB-57)
South Dakota Class Battleship: Displacement 35,000 Tons, Dimensions, 680' 4" (oa) x 108' 2" x 36' 2" (Max). Armament 9 x 16"/45 16 x 5"/38AA, 12 x 1.1" 12 x 0.5", 3 AC. Armor, 12 1/4" Belt, 18" Turrets, 1 1/2" +6" +1/3" Decks, 15" Conning Tower. Machinery, 130,000 SHP; G.E. Geared Turbines, 4 screws. Speed, 27 Knots, Crew 1793. Operational and Building Data: Laid down by New York, Shipbuilding, Camden NJ., July 5 1939. Launched June 7 1941. Commissioned March 20 1942. Decommissioned January 31 1947. Stricken June 1 1962. Fate: Sold, October 25 1962 and broken up for scrap.

Type
Surface Vessels

Existing/Disbanded
Decommissioned

Parent Unit
South Dakota-class

Strength
Battleship

Created/Owned By
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Last Updated: Mar 29, 2019
   
   
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Samms, Floyd Tamerlane, LT, (1938-1967) YN YN-0000 Chief Petty Officer
Barry, John (Jack), PO1, (1942-1947) EM EM-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Cavell, Charles, PO1, (1941-1952) QM QM-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Stein, William, PO2 PhM PhM-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Branning, James Robert, PO3, (1943-1946) SM SM-0000 Seaman 1st Class
Haas, George Henry, S1c, (1942-1944) S1c S1c-0000 Seaman 1st Class
McCormick, Lynde Dupuy, ADM, (1915-1956) Rear Admiral Lower Half
Gatch, Thomas Leigh, VADM, (1912-1947) Captain
Momsen, Charles, VADM, (1919-1955) Captain
Arthur, Edwin, CDR, (1940-1946) Lieutenant Commander
Arthur, Edwin, CDR, (1940-1946) Lieutenant
Wier, Al, PO3, (1944-1946) Petty Officer Third Class
Graham, Calvin, SN, (1942-1943) Seaman
Maday, Lawrence J., SN, (1943-1946) Seaman Recruit

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