Adcock, Curtis, CSK

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Chief Petty Officer
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1940-1942, SK-0000, USS Langley (CV-1)
Service Years
1930 - 1942
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Home Town
Athens, AL
Last Address
White Bluff, TN

Casualty Date
Feb 27, 1942
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World War II
Location of Interment
Manila American Cemetery and Memorial - Manila, Philippines
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In the early hours of 27 February, 1942 USS Langley (CV-1) rendezvoused with her anti-submarine screen, the destroyers Whipple and Edsall.  Early that morning, a Japanese reconnaissance aircraft located the formation. At 11:40, about 75 miles south of Tjilatjap, the seaplane tender, along with Edsall and Whipple came under attack by sixteen  Mitsubishi G4M "Betty" bombers of the Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service's Takao KokÅ«tai, led by Lieutenant Jiro Adachi, flying out of Den Pasar airfield on Bali, and escorted by fifteen A6M Reisen fighters. Rather than dropping all their bombs at once, the Japanese bombers attacked releasing partial salvos. Since they were level bombing from medium altitude, Langley was able to alter helm when the bombs were released and evade the first and second bombing passes, but the bombers altered their tactics on the third pass and bracketed the directions Langley could turn. As a result, Langley took five hits from a mix of 550 and 130 pound bombs as well as three near misses, with 16 crewmen killed. The topside burst into flames, steering was impaired, and the ship developed a 10 degree list to port. Unable to negotiate the narrow mouth of Tjilatjap harbor, Langley went dead in the water, as her engine room flooded. At 13:32, the order to abandon ship was passed. The escorting destroyers fired nine 4-inch shells and two torpedoes into Langley's hull, to ensure she didn't fall into enemy hands, and she sank. After being transferred to Pecos, many of her crew were lost when Pecos was sunk en route to Australia. Thirty-one of the thirty-three pilots assigned to the 13th Pursuit Squadron being transported by Langley were lost with Edsall when she was sunk on the same day while responding to the distress calls of Pecos.
No record can be located that states when CSK Adcock was lost - whether during the initial attack and sinking of the Langley or the later sinking of the Pecos. He was not among the crew members who returned. He was listed as missing in action and on October 15, 1945 officially listed as dead by the Navy.

Service number: 2717259

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  1939-1940, SK-0000, USS California (BB-44)


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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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USS California (BB-44)

Smith, Benjamin James, PO1, (1939-1945) SK SK-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Alford, John, CPO SK SK-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Calhoun, William L., ADM, (1906-1946) OFF 112X Captain
Lofberg, Gus Brynolf, LCDR, (1927-1942) OFF 611X Lieutenant Commander
Bernard, Lawrence, RADM, (1937-1971) OFF 116X Ensign
Chandler, Charles Richardson, CAPT, (1939-1969) OFF 116X Ensign
McGrath, Thomas Patrick, LCDR, (1936-1943) OFF 000X Ensign
Willett, Kenneth Martin, LTJG, (1940-1942) OFF 110X Ensign
Luckenbach, Lovine, LCDR, (1928-1958) MU MU-3853 Chief Petty Officer
Thornton, Geroge, CPO, (1939-1969) YN YN-0000 Chief Petty Officer
REEVES, Thomas James, CPO, (1917-1941) RM RM-0000 Chief Petty Officer
Blankenship, Henry Wilbur, PO1, (1928-1941) PhM PhM-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Bush, Samuel Jackson, PO1, (1939-1941) MAT MATT-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Carpenter, Elmer Lemuel, PO1, (1932-1941) BM BM-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Scott, Robert Raymond, PO1, (1938-1941) MM MM-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Beal, Albert Quentin, PO2, (1936-1941) RM RM-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Bowden, Edward Daniel, PO2, (1940-1941) F2c F2c-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Butler, James Warren, PO2, (1938-1941) F2c F2c-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Presley, Lois Elmore, CPO, (1932-1943) GM GM-0000 Gunner's Mate 2nd Class
Roberts, Samuel B., PO2, (1939-1942) BM BM-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Wydila, John Charles, PO3, (1940-1941) SF SF-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Delaney, Thomas Morris, CPO, (1937-1944) GM GM-0000 Gunner's Mate 3rd Class
Bailey, Wilbur Houston, S1c, (1939-1941) S1c S1c-0000 Seaman 1st Class
Bandemer, Harold William, S1c, (1939-1941) S1c S1c-0000 Seaman 1st Class
Bazetti, Michael Louis, S1c, (1940-1941) S1c S1c-0000 Seaman 1st Class
McMeans, Clyde Clifford, S1c, (1940-1941) S1c S1c-0000 Seaman 1st Class
McMurtrey, Aaron Lloyd, S1c, (1940-1941) S1c S1c-0000 Seaman 1st Class
Mirello, Bernard Joseph, S1c, (1940-1941) S1c S1c-0000 Seaman 1st Class
Racisz, Edward Stanley, S1c, (1940-1941) S1c S1c-0000 Seaman 1st Class
Adkins, Howard Lucus, F1c, (1940-1941) F1c F1c-0000 Fireman 1st Class
McGraw, George Vincent, F1c, (1940-1941) F1c F1c-0000 Fireman 1st Class
Milner, James William, F1c, (1940-1941) F1c F1c-0000 Fireman 1st Class
Bernhard, Leon Cornelius, CPO, (1938-1962) QM QM-0000 Seaman Apprentice
Martin, John Winter, F3c, (1940-1941) F3c F3c-0000 Fireman 3rd Class
Brewer, Robert L., AS, (1938-1941) AS AS-0000 Apprentice Seaman
Bieri, Bernhard Henry, VADM, (1911-1951) Captain
McCormick, Lynde Dupuy, ADM, (1915-1956) Captain
STONE, Earl, RADM, (1914-1958) Commander
Cruzen, Richard Harold, VADM, (1915-1954) OFF Lieutenant Commander
WELLINGS, Augustus, RADM, (1919-1954) Lieutenant Commander
Cope, Alfred Lovell, CAPT, (1928-1960) OFF Lieutenant
Luosey, Michael, CAPT, (1933-1960) Lieutenant
Purdy, Frederick Warren, LCDR, (1933-1943) Lieutenant
Cope, Alfred Lovell, CAPT, (1928-1960) OFF Lieutenant Junior Grade
Jones, Herbert Charpiot, ENS, (1935-1941) OFF Ensign
McCormick, Montrose Graham, LCDR, (1935-1945) OFF Ensign
Castex, Lawrence, PO1, (1939-1961) Petty Officer First Class
Farley, John Joseph, PO2, (1939-1945) Fireman 1st Class

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