Christian, William Omer, PO3

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Last Rank
Petty Officer Third Class
Last Primary NEC
FC-0000-Fire Controlman
Last Rating/NEC Group
Fire Controlman
Primary Unit
1943-1943, FC-0000, USS Pompano (SS-181)
Service Years
1941 - 1943
FC-Fire Controlman

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Ensley, AL
Last Address
Birmingham, AL

Casualty Date
Sep 17, 1943
Hostile-Body Not Recovered
Other Explosive Device
Pacific Ocean
World War II
Location of Interment
Elmwood Cemetery - Birmingham, Alabama
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(memorial marker)

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USS Pompano (SS-181) left for her patrol on 20 August 1943, heading towards the Japanese coast. She was never heard from again and is presumed to have been lost to enemy mines. Fire Controlman, Third Class Christian was listed as Missing in Action and later declared dead 4 January 1946.

Service number: 6041001

Submarine war patrols:
USS Plunger (SS-179) - 1st through 6th
USS Pompano (SS-181) - 6th and 7th

THe information contained in this profile was compiled from various internet sources.
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  1942-1943, FC-0000, USS Plunger (SS-179)

FC-Fire Controlman

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USS Plunger (SS-179) Unit Page

Petty Officer Third Class

FC-0000-Fire Controlman

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 USS Plunger (SS-179) Details

USS Plunger (SS-179)
                                USS Plunger (SS-179)
                                      Porpise-class Submarine


This is probably the most accurate picture of the USS Plunger as the deck gun is on the aft tower area.


First and second war patrols, December 1941 – July 1942

Along with Gudgeon (SS-211) and Pollack (SS-180)Plunger was part of the first US Navy offensive operation of World War II. Her orders sent her to Kii Suido, a principal entrance into the Inland Sea and an important funnel to industrial bases in the area. The three boats took two important technological devices into enemy waters: the Mark VI magnetic exploder for theirMark 14 torpedoes, and the primitive SD radar set.

The Plunger took a pounding from of depth charges from a Japanese destroyer but escaped.

She sank Japanese cargo ship 
Eizon Maru 18 January 1942.

Plunger's second war patrol, 5 June to 15 July, took her off Shanghai. On this patrol, she sank the 4,700-ton cargo ship Ukai Maru No. 5 on 30 June and Unyo Maru No. 3 on 2 July before returning to Midway 15 June.

While on this patrol, White nearly sank a ship by accident that would have caused an international uproar. Through diplomatic channels, President Roosevelt had arranged an exchange of political prisoners trapped in the United States and Japan by the outbreak of war, including U.S. Ambassador to Japan Joseph C. Grew. They were put aboard the neutral vessels Asama Maru and S.S. Conte Verde for transfer from Japan to the United States. They were to sail with lights and other markings on a prearranged route, as would the vessels returning the Japanese.

On 5 June, [COMSUBPAC] English had sent instructions to his submarines, describing these ships, the routes, and the markings. Later, on 25 June, when the vessels actually got under way, English sent further messages, designed to assure immunity from submarine attack. Dave White failed to receive these messages. In the early morning hours of 30 June, he picked up Conte Verde and began an approach, somewhat astonished to find a ship all lighted up.

On Plunger, White had Conte Verde fixed in his periscope hairs and the crew at battle stations when his communications officer, having picked up and just decoded this fifth immunity message, rushed up into the conning tower. White broke off the attack at the last minute, settling for a photograph taken through the periscope from a range of 800 yards.


Third and fourth war patrols, October 1942 – January 1943

In October, as U.S. forces pushed on to Matanikau and Cape EsperancePlunger departed Pearl Harbor on 12 October to reconnoiter the area and to block the "Tokyo Express." However, Plunger hit an uncharted reef 2 November, destroying her sound gear and damaging her bottom.

After repairing at BrisbanePlunger returned to the Guadalcanal area for her fourth war patrol and operated off Munda, where Japanese barges were coming in at night, unloading troops and supplies, and departing by daybreak. On the night of 16 – 17 December she slipped past four destroyers and attacked two others unloading at Munda Bar. After seeing two of her "fish" explode, she slipped away from a counterattack. After another attack with unknown results the next night, and a bomber attack while heading home 8 January 1943, she arrived Pearl Harbor 12 January.


Plunger continued reconnaissance patrols throughout the spring and summer. She sank Taihosan Maru 12 March, and Tatsutake Maru and Kinai Maru 10 May. In June, she joined Lapon (SS-260) and Permit (SS-178) in the first U.S. penetration into the Sea of Japan, an area abounding with Japanese shipping. Crossing the southern end of the Sea of Okhotsk, the ships returned to Midway 26 July but departed again 6 August to return to the Sea of Okhotsk. Plunger sank 3,404-ton Seitai Maru there 20 August and 4,655-tonRyokai Maru 22 August. Returning to Pearl Harbor 5 September, the ships were the only U.S. vessels to complete two patrols to this area until the final weeks of the war.

In October, Plunger reconnoitered in the Marshalls area. She added lifeguard duties to her resume as U.S. bombers hit the islands, picking up a downed aviator 15 November. During the rescue, a Zero strafed the boat, seriously wounding the executive officer and five bluejackets. Nevertheless, the submarine rescued Lt. (j.g.) Franklin G. Schramm.


Frequent depth charge attacks pursued Plunger in January 1944 as she patrolled off the Japanese main islands. The risk was profitable, however, as she sank Toyo Maru No. 5and Toyo Maru No. 8 on 2 February and Kimishima Maru on 23 February. Returning to Pearl Harbor 8 March, Plunger departed again 8 May to patrol the Bonin Islands. In July, she patrolled in and around Truk.

On 19 September 1944 she reported to Pearl Harbor for overhaul. She departed 15 February 1945 for New London, to serve in a training capacity until 25 October, when she reported to New Haven for Navy Day celebrations. On 30 October she reported to the Boston Navy Yard, where she decommissioned 15 November 1945.

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USS Plunger (SS-179)
21 Members Also There at Same Time
USS Plunger (SS-179)

Foster, Ernest Louis, CPO, (1930-1943) MO MO-0000 Chief Petty Officer
Respess, Linwood Moninger, CPO, (1936-1957) GM GM-0000 Chief Petty Officer
McCoy, Walter Glen, CPO, (1939-1944) MO MO-0000 Chief Petty Officer
Poole, Mason, CPO, (1934-1944) EM EM-0000 Chief Petty Officer
Payne, Lewis Roy, PO1, (1938-1945) TM TM-0000 Torpedoman 1st Class
Hanson, John Walter, PO1, (1940-1943) YN YN-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Ridgeway, Arlin Lee, PO1, (1940-1944) EM EM-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Church, Ray William, PO1, (1940-1945) MO MO-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Grooms, Bert Joe, PO1, (1938-1943) PhM PhM-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
McCloskey, Thomas Daniel, PO2, (1941-1944) RM RM-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Tiller, Forrest Sterling, PO1, (1940-1944) EM EM-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Bowen, Earl Ellis, PO3, (1942-1944) S1c S1c-0000 Seaman First Class
Kenney, Jack Edward, S1c, (1943-1944) S1c S1c-0000 Seaman First Class
Marston, George Franklin, PO2, (1942-1944) TM TM-0000 Seaman First Class
Ridgeway, Arlin Lee, PO1, (1940-1944) F1c F1c-0000 Fireman First Class
Leonard, Wesley Lewis, StM1c, (1941-1943) MAT MATT-0000 Seaman Second Class
Marin, Roy Kenneth, PO2, (1941-1945) S2c S2c-0000 Seaman Second Class
Vaughn, Paul Benton, S1c, (1943-1944) S2c S2c-0000 Seaman Second Class
Nazay, George Gilbert, PO3, (1942-1944) F3c F3c-0000 Fireman 3rd Class
Johnson, Carlton Greenlaw, PO1, (1937-1942) PhM Petty Officer First Class
John, Charles, PO1, (1941-1946) Petty Officer Third Class
Arsenault, Tilmon, CPO, (1943-1963) Fireman

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