Gearhart, James Evans, S2c

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Last Rank
Seaman Second Class
Last Primary NEC
S2c-0000-Seaman 2nd Class
Last Rating/NEC Group
Seaman Second Class
Primary Unit
1943-1944, S2c-0000, USS Corry (DD-463)
Service Years
1942 - 1944
Seaman Second Class

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Home State
West Virginia
West Virginia
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Sophia, WVA
Last Address
Sophia, WVA

Casualty Date
Jun 06, 1944
Hostile-Body Not Recovered
Artillery, Rocket, Mortar
Atlantic Ocean
World War II
Location of Interment
Not Specified
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Last Known Activity

Upon arriving off the coast of Normandy, France, USS Corry (DD-463) headed for Iles Saint-Marcouf, her station for fire support on the front lines at Utah Beach. On D-Day morning 6 June 1944 she fired several hundred rounds of 5-inch ammunition at numerous onshore targets. As H-Hour (0630) neared, when troops would begin fighting their way onto the beaches, the plane assigned to lay smoke for Corry to conceal her from enemy fire was suddenly shot down, leaving Corry fully exposed to German gunners, who were now firing at her in full fury. At approximately H-Hour, during a duel with a shore battery, Corry suffered direct heavy-caliber artillery hits in her engineering spaces amidships. With her rudder jammed, she went around in a circle before all steam was lost. Still under heavy fire, Corry began sinking rapidly with her keel broken and a foot-wide crack across her main deck amidships. After the order to abandon ship, crewmembers fought to survive in bone-chilling water for more than two hours as they awaited rescue under constant enemy fire from German shore gunners. Of her crew, 24 were killed and 60 were wounded.

S2c Gearhart was listed as missing in action and later declared dead.

Service number: 5526004
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  1942-1943, S2c-0000, USS Ranger (CV-4)

Seaman Second Class

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USS Ranger (CV-4)

Hull number CV-4

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Last Updated: Nov 29, 2019
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HARRILL, William, VADM, (1914-1954) OFF 131X Captain
Winters, Theodore Hugh, CAPT, (1935-1961) OFF 131X Lieutenant Commander
Micka, Edward, LT, (1939-1942) OFF 131X Lieutenant
O'Callahan, Joseph Timothy, CAPT, (1940-1953) OFF 410X Lieutenant
McVay, Woodie Lackland, LT, (1940-1944) OFF 131X Lieutenant Junior Grade
Porter, William, ENS, (1942-1947) OFF 000X Ensign
Royer, Richard, CPO, (1941-1947) EM EM-0000 Chief Petty Officer
Mannas, Oscar Victor, PO2, (1942-1945) TM TM-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Jackson, James, PO3, (1942-1946) SM SM-0000 Signalman 3rd Class
Loflin (Ret), Tom, CPO, (1942-1962) AEM AEM-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Brennan, James, PO3, (1942-1946) GM GM-0000 Apprentice Seaman
Hoskins, John, VADM, (1921-1957) Commander
RABY, John, RADM Commander
Hammond, Keene G, LCDR, (1934-1945) Lieutenant Commander
RABY, John, RADM Lieutenant Commander
GATES, Thomas, CAPT, (1935-1953) Lieutenant
Amesbury, Stanton, LTJG, (1941-1942) Lieutenant Junior Grade
Henry, Donald, LTJG, (1943-1945) Lieutenant Junior Grade
SMITH, Armistead, CAPT, (1942-1972) Lieutenant Junior Grade
Dondero, Donald, LTJG Ensign
Brennan, James, PO3, (1942-1946) SN Seaman 1st Class
Johnson, Carl, PO2 Seaman 1st Class
Brennan, James, PO3, (1942-1946) SN Seaman Second Class
Sherman, Forrest, ADM, (1914-1951) Commander

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