Phares, Don, MU1

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Last Rank
Petty Officer First Class
Last Primary NEC
MU-3853-Unit Leader
Last Rating/NEC Group
Primary Unit
1954-1955, MU-3853, USS Dixie (AD-14)
Service Years
1933 - 1955
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This Military Service Page was created/owned by the Site Administrator to remember Phares, Don, MU1 USN(Ret).
Contact Info
Home Town
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Last Address
Atlantic, Iowa

Date of Passing
Aug 05, 1967
Location of Interment
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 Official Badges 

WW II Honorable Discharge Pin US Navy Retired 20

 Unofficial Badges 

US Navy Honorable Discharge Order of the Shellback Order of the Golden Shellback Order of the Golden Dragon

 Military Association Memberships
Fleet Reserve Association (FRA)American LegionVeterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW)
  1955, Fleet Reserve Association (FRA) [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  1957, American Legion [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  1957, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW) [Verified] - Assoc. Page

 Additional Information
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Current photo: Dad is in front row, kneeling at the left--COMCRUDESPAC Band.  Around Dec 1955, just before retirement. The drummer played marimbas for the Lawerence Welk show in the 50' and 60', Jack Imel,  Member Local 47 Musicians Union.


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  1937-1938, MU-3805, USS California (BB-44)


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USS California (BB-44) Unit Page


MU-3805-Saxophone Instrumentalist

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 USS California (BB-44) Details

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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Last Updated: Jun 26, 2009
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24 Members Also There at Same Time
USS California (BB-44)

Luckenbach, Lovine, LCDR, (1928-1958) MU MU-3853 Chief Petty Officer
Calhoun, William L., ADM, (1906-1946) OFF 112X Captain
Duff, Edward Aloysius, CAPT, (1916-1938) OFF 410X Captain
Workman, Robert DuBois, RADM, (1905-1947) OFF 410X Captain
MacMILLAN, Duncan, RADM, (1926-1956) OFF 111X Lieutenant
Philip, George, CDR, (1935-1945) OFF 111X Lieutenant Junior Grade
Bernard, Lawrence, RADM, (1937-1971) OFF 116X Ensign
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
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
Delaney, Thomas Morris, CPO, (1937-1944) GM GM-0000 Gunner's Mate 3rd Class
Bernhard, Leon Cornelius, CPO, (1938-1962) QM QM-0000 Seaman Apprentice
Calhoun, William Lowndes, ADM, (1906-1946) Captain
Ramsey, DeWitt Clinton, ADM, (1912-1949) Captain
Kelley III, Frank Harrison, RADM, (1910-1946) Commander
Wellings, Augustus Joseph, RADM, (1919-1954) OFF Lieutenant Commander
Parker, Edward Nelson, VADM, (1925-1963) OFF Lieutenant
Wellings, Joseph Harold, RADM, (1925-1963) OFF Lieutenant
Cope, Alfred Lovell, CAPT, (1928-1960) OFF Lieutenant Junior Grade
Fyfe, John Kerr, RADM, (1936-1958) Lieutenant Junior Grade
Gearing, Henry Chalfant, LT, (1935-1942) OFF Lieutenant Junior Grade
Ingersoll, Royal R., LT, (1934-1942) Lieutenant Junior Grade
Bjarnason, Paul Henrik, CAPT, (1930-1961) OFF Ensign

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