Stole, Gerald James, F1c

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Fireman 1st Class
Last Primary NEC
F1c-0000-Fireman 1st Class
Last Rating/NEC Group
Fireman First Class
Primary Unit
1944-1945, USS Aaron Ward (DM-34)
Service Years
1942 - 1945
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Fireman 1st Class

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Home Town
Crookston, Minnestoa
Last Address
Portland, Oregon

Casualty Date
May 05, 1945
Hostile, Died
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World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Okinawa Gunto Operation
Location of Interment
Lincoln Memorial Park Cemetery - Portland, Oregon
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Veterans' Lawn

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 USS California (BB-44) Details

USS California (BB-44)
        Hull number BB-44

Launched: Nov. 20, 1919

Photo from 1921.

On Dec 7th she was docked at Pearl Harbor: Battleship Row; forward of the Maryland and Oklahoma

Fate: The California was struck by two torpedoes and one bomb. The first torpedo hit at 8:05 a.m.; the second came moments later. With a gaping hole in the ship, it started capsizing. Despite efforts to bail water from the ship, it sank to the harbor bottom after three days of progressive flooding.

Crew: 2,200

Deceased: 105

The ship was raised via cofferdams, moved to the Pearl Harbor Navy Yard on April, 1942, with repairs to her cage mainmast and all six 14" forward guns were removed to facilitate her refloating.  It took until January, 1944 for the ship's total reconstruction but it was a match for most of the newer US battleships in all but it's main guns (still 14").

An after view of the USS California.

January, 1945, the USS California was hit by a Japanese kamikaze where 44 of her crew died and 155 injured.  Battle repairs were made to keep her battle-worthy and on station.  She stayed on station until the end of the month and returned to Puget Sound for repairs.  She was back on station for the landings at Okinawa and from there until the Japanese surrender in mid-August.

Of historical interest is that after the official end of WWII, the USS California was still on duty and after different assignments in Philippines and other areas in SE Asia, she returned to the US on Dec 7, 1945 - exactly 4 years to the day of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

Decommissioned: Feb. 14, 1947

Sold for scrap in 1959.

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9 Members Also There at Same Time
USS California (BB-44)

Thornton, Geroge, CPO, (1939-1969) YN YN-0000 Chief Petty Officer
Freitas, Manuel, PO1, (1930-1945) ML ML-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Smith, Benjamin James, PO1, (1939-1945) SK SK-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Barnhart, Donald, PO2, (1933-1946) GM GM-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Legler, Henry P, MCPO, (1941-1971) S1c S1c-0000 Seaman 1st Class
Moody, William, S1c, (1942-1945) .T Sp(T) Seaman 1st Class
Freedland, Samuel, S2c, (1943-1945) S2c S2c-0000 Seaman Second Class
Schaffran, Robert, S1c, (1942-1946) Seaman Second Class
Barnes, Joseph James, PO3, (1942-1945) F2c F2c-0000 Fireman 2nd Class

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