Brett, George Henry, BM1c

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Last Rank
Petty Officer First Class
Last Primary NEC
BM-0000-Boatswain's Mate
Last Rating/NEC Group
Boatswain's Mate
Primary Unit
1943-1944, BM-0000, USS Hoel (DD-533)
Service Years
1936 - 1944
BM-Boatswain's Mate
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Home State
Colorado
Colorado
Year of Birth
1916
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Hesperus, CO
Last Address
2040 N Park Ave
Philadelphia, PA

Casualty Date
Oct 25, 1944
 
Cause
Hostile-Body Not Recovered
Reason
Torpedoed
Location
Pacific Ocean
Conflict
World War II
Location of Interment
Manila American Cemetery and Memorial - Manila, Philippines
Wall/Plot Coordinates
(cenotaph)

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  1943-1944, BM-0000, USS Hoel (DD-533)

BM-Boatswain's Mate

From Month/Year
July / 1943

To Month/Year
October / 1944

Unit
USS Hoel (DD-533) Unit Page

Rank
Boatswain's Mate 1st Class

NEC
BM-0000-Boatswain's Mate

Location
Not Specified

Country/State
Not Specified
 
 
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 USS Hoel (DD-533) Details

USS Hoel (DD-533)

USS Hoel (DD-533), 1943-1944











  



USS Hoel, a 2050-ton Fletcher class destroyer built at San Francisco, California, was commissioned in late July 1943. After shakedown operations along the west coast, she departed for the Pacific combat zone in October 1943. A month later, she took part in the Gilbert Islands invasion as part of the screen for U.S. escort aircraft carriers. She performed a similar mission during the Marshalls operation during January and February 1944, also providing gunfire support during landings on Eniwetok. .Hoel was based in the south Pacific from March 1944, escorting convoys, performing anti-submarine patrols and serving with the escort carriers of the Third and Seventh Fleets. She also participated in the Peleliu invasion during September 1944.

Hoel continued to operate with escort carriers during the invasion of Leyte in October 1944. When the Japanese Navy counter-attacked to produce the decisive Battle of Leyte Gulf, she was operating north of Leyte. A powerful enemy surface force encountered her task group east of Samar on the morning of 25 October, and Hoel and other destroyers valiantly attacked them with guns and torpedoes in order to cover the escort carriers' retreat. Though Hoel was sunk in this Battle off Samar, with the loss of nearly three-quarters of her crew, her sacrifice helped to save all but one of the escort carriers and to deflect the Japanese from their mission of attacking the Leyte invasion force.

USS Hoel was named in honor of Acting Volunteer Lieutenant Commander William R. Hoel, a hero of Western Rivers operations during the Civil War.



Type
Surface Vessels

Existing/Disbanded
Sunk

Parent Unit
Surface Vessels

Strength
Destroyer

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YN Pierson, Al (USview, NTWS Chief Admin), YN2 4811 
   

Last Updated: Dec 7, 2019
   
   
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USS Hoel (DD-533)
16 Members Also There at Same Time
USS Hoel (DD-533)

Huffman, Malcolm Hugo, WO, (1934-1944) WO WO Machinist (WO)
Matthews, Paul, PO2, (1966-1972) YN YN-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Quinn, John Patrick, PO3, (1942-1944) PhM PhM-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Addington, Norman Eston, PO3, (1942-1944) FC FC-0000 Fire Controlman 3rd Class
Akerman, Phillip Andrew, S1c, (1941-1944) S1c S1c-0000 Seaman First Class
Compomizzo, Marvin Lesslie, S1c, (1943-1944) S1c S1c-0000 Seaman First Class
Erickson, Carl E, S1c, (1944-1944) S1c S1c-0000 Seaman First Class
Faass, Irvin Lee, S1c, (1942-1944) S1c S1c-0000 Seaman First Class
Zuccari, Francis Jackson, S1c, (1943-1944) S1c S1c-0000 Seaman First Class
Fenerty, Thomas Francis, F1c, (1943-1944) MM MM-0000 Fireman First Class
Palmer, William Edward, S2c, (1943-1944) S2c S2c-0000 Seaman Second Class
Zaverack, Nelson, S2c, (1943-1944) S2c S2c-0000 Seaman Second Class
THOMAS, William, RADM, (1928-1947) Captain
Hathaway, Amos Townsend, CAPT, (1935-1965) OFF Commander
Kintberger, Leon Samuel, RADM, (1932-1959) OFF Commander
THOMAS, William, RADM, (1928-1947) Commander
Nason, Earle Augustine, LTJG, (1943-1944) OFF Lieutenant Junior Grade

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