Boucher, Ralph Irving, SC1c

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Last Rank
Petty Officer First Class
Last Primary NEC
SC-0000-Ships Cook/Ships Baker
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Ships Cook/Ships Baker
Primary Unit
1944-1945, SC-0000, USS Barbel (SS-316)
Service Years
1941 - 1945
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New York
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Home Town
Mechanicsville, NY
Last Address
Philadelphia, PA

Casualty Date
Feb 04, 1945
Hostile-Body Not Recovered
Other Explosive Device
World War II
Location of Interment
Gerald B. H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery - Schuylerville, New York
Wall/Plot Coordinates
MI 52 (memorial marker)

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  1944-1945, SC-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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USS Barbel (SS-316)

Raguet, Conde Le Roy, LCDR, (1937-1945) OFF 112X Lieutenant Commander
Toth, James, (1943-1945) TM TM-0000 Other Service Rank
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
Boyd, Thomas Ray, PO1, (1941-1945) TM TM-0000 Torpedoman 1st Class
Brown, Kenneth Dale, PO1, (1939-1945) RM RM-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Wilks, Ferris Washington, PO1, (1937-1945) TM TM-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Eaton, Arthur William, PO2, (1942-1945) QM QM-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Lange, Salvatore Joseph, PO3, (1943-1945) TM TM-0000 Petty Officer Third 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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