Church, Ray William, MoMM1c

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Last Rank
Petty Officer First Class
Last Primary NEC
MO-0000-Motor Machinist/Oiler
Last Rating/NEC Group
Motor Machinistmate/Oiler
Primary Unit
1944-1945, MO-0000, USS Bullhead (SS-332)
Service Years
1940 - 1945
MoMM - Motor Machinistmate/Oiler
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Fremont, NE
Last Address
Fremont, NE

Casualty Date
Aug 06, 1945
Hostile-Body Not Recovered
Other Explosive Device
Pacific Ocean
World War II
Location of Interment
Manila American Cemetery and Memorial - Manila, Philippines
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USS Bullhead (SS-332) began her third and final patrol on 31 July 1945. The last contact with the boat was on 2 August. Post war Japanese records show that a plane depth charged and presumably sunk an American Submarine on 6 August, the same day the Atom bomb was dropped on Hiroshima. Motor Machinist's Mate First Class Church was listed as Missing in Action and officially declared dead 23 August 1946.

Service number: 3166940

Submarine war patrols:
USS Plunger (SS-179) - 6th through 8th
USS Pogy (SS-266) - 4th through 6th
USS Bullhead (SS-332) - 1st through 3rd

Navy Unit Commendation
For outstanding heroism in action against enemy Japanese shipping and combatant units, during her Fifth War Patrol in the East China Sea Area, from January 15 to March 8, 1944, and her Sixth War Patrol souteast of Japan, from April 7 to May 29, 1944. Aggressive and determined in covering her assigned areas, the USS Pogy pressed home vigorous attacks in the face of the enemy's violent countermeasures; and although sustaining wounds under the smashing force of enemy depth charges, she launched her torpedoes with devastaing speed and skill, sinking eight vessels, including a Mutusuki Class Destroyer and a Fleet Type Submarine for a total of nearly 45,000 tons and severely damaging two other ships totalling approximately 14,000 tons. The Pogy's outstanding record in combat exemplifies the skill and fearless devotion to duty of her officers and men and reflects the highest credit upon herself and the United States Naval Service.

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USS Pennsylvania (BB-38)
Pennsylvania Class Battleship: Displacement 31,400 Tons, Dimensions, 608' 6" (oa) x 97' 1" x 29' 10" (Max).Armament 12 x 14"/45 14 x 5"/51, 4 x 3"/50 2 x 21" tt. Armor, 13 1/2" Belt, 18" Turrets, 3" +2" Decks, 16" Conning Tower. Machinery, 31,500 SHP; Geared Turbines, 4 screws. Speed, 21 Knots, Crew 915. Operational and Building Data: Laid down by Newport News, Shipbuilding, Newport News, VA., October 27, 1913. Launched 16 March 1915. Commissioned June 12, 1916. Decommissioned August 29, 1946. Stricken February 19, 1948. Fate: Target During Atomic Bomb Tests, Bikini Atoll, Marshall Islands. Scuttled off Kwajalein Atoll, Marshall Islands, February 10, 1948.

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Cloud, George Grady, PO1, (1937-1950) MM MM-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
De Noma, George Robert, PO2, (1942-1945) MM MM-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
McCrea, John Livingstone, VADM, (1911-1953) OFF 111X Captain
Hardison, Osborne Bennett, VADM, (1915-1954) OFF 131X Commander
Salisbury, Stanton Willard, RADM, (1918-1953) OFF 410X Commander
Craig, James Edwin, LCDR, (1918-1941) OFF Lieutenant Commander
Draheim, Victor, LT, (1942-1946) OFF 144X Lieutenant
HANSEN, James, CAPT, (1936-1961) OFF 111X Lieutenant Junior Grade
Coulter, Frank, CAPT, (1939-1969) OFF 000X Ensign
McGillicuddy, Terry, CAPT, (1940-1971) OFF 116X Ensign
Michaelis, Frederick Hayes, ADM, (1936-1978) OFF 111X Ensign
Ganitch, Michael, SCPO, (1941-1963) QM QM-0000 Chief Petty Officer
Styner, Kenneth, CPO, (1941-1945) .Q Sp(Q) Chief Petty Officer
Beals, Paul Elmer, CPO, (1940-1963) PhM PhM-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Brice, Cortney, SCPO, (1924-1953) HT HT-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Hanchey, John K., CPO, (1930-1956) RM RM-0000 Petty Officer First Class
King, James, PO1 GM GM-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Slifer, Martin, PO1, (1941-1941) GM GM-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Bonkoski, John Anthony, PO1, (1930-1942) GM GM-0000 Gunner's Mate 1st Class
Arnott, Robert Everett, PO2, (1937-1941) PhM PhM-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Banzuelo, Antonio, MCPO, (1930-1960) CS CS-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Braga, Charles, PO2, (1939-1941) YN YN-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Browne, Frederick Arthur, PO3, (1939-1941) GM GM-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Huhofski, Joseph, PO3 RM RM-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Owens, James, PO3 RM RM-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Pace, Joseph, PO3 RM RM-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Rice, William, PO3, (1941-1941) GM GM-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Simmons, Orvin, PO3, (1940-1945) EM EM-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Ulmer, Norman William, PO1, (1941-1946) SM SM-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Brandt, Norbert Arthur, PO1, (1940-1944) FC FC-0000 Fire Controlman 3rd Class
Baker, Henry Ernest, Cox, (1937-1941) COX COX-0000 Coxswain
Comstock, Harold Kenneth, S1c, (1941-1941) RM RM-0000 Seaman First Class
Haase, Clarence Frederick, S1c, (1939-1941) SM SM-0000 Seaman First Class
McIntosh, Dencil Jeoffrey, S1c, (1939-1941) S1c S1c-0000 Seaman First Class
Wiesner, Silvin, CPO, (1941-1961) QM QM-0000 Seaman First Class
Portillo, Damian, SN SC SC-0000 Seaman
Stark, Harvey Edward, CPO, (1939-1946) GM GM-0000 Seaman Second Class
Cavell, Charles, PO1, (1941-1952) CT CT-0000 Seaman Apprentice
Howard PA, Elbert M.,Cmsth, MDV, SCPO, (1929-1949) SF SF-0000 Turret Captain Chief
Brekken, Evan Benhart, AS, (1940-1941) AS AS-0000 Apprentice Seaman
Cooke, Charles Maynard, ADM, (1910-1948) Captain
Hustvedt, Olaf Mandt, VADM, (1909-1946) OFF Captain
Curts, Maurice Edwin, ADM, (1916-1960) OFF Commander
Holden, Carl Frederick, VADM, (1917-1952) OFF Commander
Smith, Robert Holmes, CAPT, (1919-1943) Commander
Barclay, McClelland, LCDR, (1938-1943) Lieutenant Commander
MASTERSON, Kleber, VADM, (1930-1969) Lieutenant
Rall, Richard, LTJG, (1939-1941) Lieutenant Junior Grade
Arnold, Daniel Eugene, LT, (1937-1943) OFF Ensign
Loomis, Henry, LCDR, (1940-1946) Ensign
Dolan, Owen, CPO, (1940-1970) Petty Officer Third Class
Green, Norman Eugene, S1c, (1942-1944) Seaman First Class
Hasse, Clarence, SN Seaman
Morris, Aldon, CPO, (1939-1946) Seaman
Runke, La Follette, SN, (1937-1945) Seaman
Watson Jr., Claude, SN Seaman
Bolar, James, CPO, (1937-1957) Fireman First Class
Vanderpool Jr., Payton, FA Fireman Apprentice
Bardshar, Frederic Abshire, VADM, (1938-1973) Ensign

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