Poulin, Lawrence, WT3c

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Last Rank
Petty Officer Third Class
Last Primary NEC
WT-0000-Water Tender
Last Rating/NEC Group
Water Tender
Primary Unit
1945-1945, WT-0000, USS Cleveland (CL-55)
Service Years
1937 - 1945
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Contact Info
Home Town
Cheboygan, Mich.
Last Address
Traverse City, Michigan.

Date of Passing
Apr 25, 2015
Location of Interment
Grand Traverse Memorial Gardens - Traverse City, Michigan
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 Official Badges 

WW II Honorable Discharge Pin Honorable Discharge Emblem (WWII)

 Unofficial Badges 

US Navy Honorable Discharge Order of the Golden Dragon Blue Star

 Military Association Memberships
Post 7731, Little Finger PostPost 114Northeastern Michigan ChapterChapter 38
  1946, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW), Post 7731, Little Finger Post (Executive Secretary) (Lake Leelanau, Michigan) - Chap. Page
  1946, American Veterans (AMVETS), Post 114 (Recorder) (Elk Rapids, Michigan) [Verified] - Chap. Page
  1946, American Ex-POW Association, Northeastern Michigan Chapter (Supply Officer) (Spruce, Michigan) - Chap. Page
  1946, Disabled American Veterans (DAV), Chapter 38 (Membership Director) (Traverse City, Michigan) [Verified] - Chap. Page

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  1939-1942, WT-0000, USS Canopus (AS-9)

Fireman 1st Class

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USS Canopus (AS-9) Unit Page

Fireman 1st Class

WT-0000-Water Tender

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 USS Canopus (AS-9) Details

USS Canopus (AS-9)
Hull number AS-9

Surface Vessels


Parent Unit

Tender/ Repair Ship

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Last Updated: Dec 28, 2017
Memories For This Unit

Chain of Command

Combat Action Ribbon
Yangtze Service Medal
China Service Medal
American Defense Service Medal with "FLEET" clasp
Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with one battle star
World War II Victory Medal
Philippine Presidential Unit Citation
Philippine Defense Medal

Other Memories

On 7 December 1941, Canopus, aging but able, lay at Cavite Navy Yard, as tender to Submarine Squadron 20. In the days that followed, her men worked day and night to repair ships damaged in the daily air raids as well as to keep her brood of submarines at sea. With the Army falling back on Manila, Canopus sailed to Mariveles Bay at the tip of Bataan on Christmas Day. On 29 December 1941 she received her first direct bomb hit. A 500-pound armor-piercing bomb penetrated all decks and exploded on the propeller shaft housing. Six sailors were killed mostly from scalding and fires started in the engine rooms and magazines. The six men were buried at sea at 1735 hours in Mariveles Bay at the tip of Bataan. On 1 January 1942 she received a second direct bomb hit. This time a fragmentation bomb which exploded near the top of the towering smokestack resulting in substantial damage to the ship and injuries to 16 men of the gun crews.

Disguised as a bombed out, listing, abandoned hulk, smoke pots were placed around the ship and giving the appearance of an abandoned hulk by day, while the ship hummed with activity by night. Her crew worked at a fevered pace repairing the smaller ships also left behind and keeping the submarines in action.

Just before the New Year, the last of the submarines left Canopus, but she never quit as she cared for small craft and equipment of the Army and Navy, sent her men into battle in the improvised naval battalion which fought on Bataan, and converted her own launches into miniature gunboats dubbed Mickey Mouse Battleships which attacked the Japanese moving south near the shore. But the overwhelming Japanese strength could not be held off forever, and upon the surrender of Bataan on the night of 8–9 April 1942, Canopus was ordered scuttled in Mariveles Bay, Bataan, to deny her use to the enemy. On 9 April, she was backed off into deep water under her own power and the veteran whom the Japanese could not sink ended a lifetime of service to the Navy when she was laid to rest by her own men.

221 of her crewmen were evacuated to Corregidor on 28 February 1942 and served with the Marines 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Battalions on beach defenses. The final 327 crewmen were also evacuated to Corregidor and served in the 4th Marine Regiment's 4th Battalion Reserves (Provisional) which fought gallantly during the final battle for the island fortress. Nearly all Canopus crewmen were captured at the fall of Corregidor and spent the rest of the war in Japanese POW Camps in the Philippines and the Asian mainland. 

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54 Members Also There at Same Time
USS Canopus (AS-9)

LeComte, Charles Frederick, LT, (1936-1945) OFF 210X Lieutenant
McManus, Francis Joseph, LT, (1940-1945) OFF 410X Lieutenant
Otter, Bethel, LT, (1936-1942) OFF 000X Lieutenant
Elliot, John William, ENS, (1940-1944) OFF 310X Ensign
Beisler, Joseph John, CPO, (1920-1945) MM MM-9593 Chief Petty Officer
Burns, William L., CPO, (1925-1944) BM BM-0000 Chief Petty Officer
Caldwell, George Earl, Elec., (1920-1942) EM EM-0000 Chief Petty Officer
Harrell, Roland Eugene, CPO, (1927-1944) EM EM-0000 Chief Petty Officer
Mitchell, Walter Herschel, CPO, (1922-1944) BM BM-0000 Chief Petty Officer
Smith, Charles Edward, CPO, (1930-1942) EM EM-0000 Chief Petty Officer
Autrey, Benjamin Franklin, CPO, (1924-1944) TM TM-0000 Chief Petty Officer
Fairchild, Clarence DeVere, CPO, (1936-1942) MM MM-0000 Chief Petty Officer
Naugle, John Wesley, CPO, (1932-1942) RM RM-0000 Chief Petty Officer
Bailey, Vincent Leonard, PO1, (1934-1944) SK SK-0000 Petty Officer First Class
France, Kenneth Carl, PO1, (1937-1944) MM MM-9593 Petty Officer First Class
Rosete, Tomas, CPO, (1930-1944) SC SC-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Schoenrock, Walter Leonard, CCS, (1933-1944) SC SC-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Sullivan, Leon Joseph, CPO, (1929-1944) GM GM-0000 Gunner's Mate 1st Class
Wilson, Robert Archibald, PO1, (1936-1945) FC FC-0000 Fire Controlman 1st Class
Wilson, Robert Archibald, PO1, (1936-1945) FC FC-0000 Fire Controlman 1st Class
Yeargin, Marion Richard, PO2, (1927-1943) TM TM-0000 Torpedoman 2nd Class
Ambro, Eugene Allan, PO2, (1937-1944) PhM PhM-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Baldwin, Virgil Kenneth, PO2, (1939-1942) MM MM-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Deck, Leonard Joseph, PO2, (1930-1943) SC SC-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
DENNIG, Richard Alphonse, LCDR, (1938-1968) SK SK-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Harris, John Soloman, PO2, (1935-1944) TM TM-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Klupp, Adam Jack, PO2, (1937-1944) EM EM-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Lucky, Loyd, CPO, (1940-1960) FT FT-1138 Petty Officer Second Class
McCoy, Walter Glen, CPO, (1939-1944) MM MM-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
McCuen, Walter Rea, PO2, (1939-1944) MM MM-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Yanks, Charles Robert, PO2, (1938-1942) SM SM-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Chenoweth, Joseph Gordon, PO2, (1939-1944) TM TM-0000 Torpedoman 3rd Class
Abrams, Chester Lee, PO3, (1939-1942) SF SF-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Buraga, Abelardo, PO3, (1937-1942) OS OS-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Clack, Roy Lee, PO3, (1940-1944) EM EM-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Deck, Leonard Joseph, PO2, (1930-1943) SC SC-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Deck, Leonard Joseph, PO2, (1930-1943) SC SC-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Deck, Leonard Joseph, PO2, (1930-1943) SC SC-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Hirst, Allen Albert, PO3, (1940-1944) EM EM-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Kramb, Charles Herman, PO3, (1938-1942) GM GMG-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Nitz, William Glen, PO3, (1939-1941) SK SK-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Adams, Harry Edward, S1c, (1940-1944) S1c S1c-0000 Seaman 1st Class
Barlow, Woods Richardson, S1c, (1940-1942) S1c S1c-0000 Seaman 1st Class
Harris, Clarence, PO2, (1932-1943) S1c S1c-0000 Seaman 1st Class
Lowrey, John Jackson, S1c, (1941-1944) 00 S1c-0000 Seaman 1st Class
Mathis, Jacob, S1c, (1940-1942) S1c S1c-0000 Seaman 1st Class
Meringolo, Ferdinand Frank, S1c, (1940-1943) S1c S1c-0000 Seaman 1st Class
Chenoweth, Joseph Gordon, PO2, (1939-1944) S2c S2c-0000 Seaman Second Class
Johnston, James Edward, F2c, (1940-1942) F3c F3c-0000 Fireman 3rd Class
Claffy, Charles Porter, F2c, (1940-1941) F2c F2c-0000 Fireman 2nd Class
Foss, Clarence Stewart, F2c, (1941-1944) 00 F2c-0000 Fireman 2nd Class
Hede, Adolph, CDR, (1925-1944) Commander
Sackett, Earl, RDML, (1915-1947) Commander
Goodall, Henry, LCDR Lieutenant Commander
McGREGOR, Louis, RADM Lieutenant Commander
Budzaj, Zygmond, LCDR, (1931-1954) Lieutenant
Hobbs, Delbert Dellis, CPO, (1931-1953) SC Petty Officer First Class
Fabra, Agapito, PO3, (1935-1942) OS Petty Officer Third Class
Townsend, Jessie, CPO, (1938-1949) Seaman

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