Aldridge, Willard Henry, S1c

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Last Rank
Seaman 1st Class
Last Primary NEC
00-0000-Unknown NEC Rating
Last Rating/NEC Group
Rating/NEC Group Unknown
Primary Unit
1940-1941, 00-0000, USS Oklahoma (BB-37)
Service Years
1940 - 1941
Seaman 1st Class

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This Military Service Page was created/owned by Felix Cervantes, III (Admiral Ese), BM2 to remember Aldridge, Willard Henry, S1c.

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Ashland, KS
Last Address
Ashland, KS
(Father~John Aldridge)

Casualty Date
Dec 07, 1941
Hostile, Died
Other Explosive Device
World War II
Location of Interment
Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial - Honolulu, Hawaii
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Court 5 (Cenotaph)

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Last Known Activity
Seaman/1c Willard Aldridge was Killed in Action on December 7, 1941, during the attack on Pearl Harbor.  He was stationed aboard the USS Oklahoma BB37.

Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency annouced that Navy Seaman 1st Class Willard H. Aldridge, killed during the attack on the USS Oklahoma in World War II, has now been accounted for as of Jan 11, 2018

On Dec. 7, 1941, Aldridge was assigned to the USS Oklahoma, which was moored at Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, when the ship was attacked by Japanese aircraft. The USS Oklahoma sustained multiple torpedo hits, which caused it to quickly capsize. The attack on the ship resulted in the deaths of 429 crewmen, including Aldridge. 

In 2015, DPAA disinterred remains from the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, known as the Punchbowl, in Honolulu.

DPAA is appreciative to the Department of Veterans Affairs for their partnership in this mission

Interment services are pending; more details will be released 7-10 days prior to scheduled funeral services.

Aldridge's name is recorded on the Courts of the Missing at the Punchbowl, along with the others who are missing from World War II. A rosette will be placed next to his name to indicate he has been accounted for.


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  1940-1941, 00-0000, USS Oklahoma (BB-37)

Seaman 1st Class

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December / 1941

USS Oklahoma (BB-37) Unit Page

Seaman 1st Class

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 USS Oklahoma (BB-37) Details

USS Oklahoma (BB-37)
Nevada Class Battleship: Displacement 27,500 Tons, Dimensions, 583' (oa) x 95' 3" x 29' 7" (Max) Armament 10 x 14"/45 21 x 5"/51, 2 x 21" tt. Armor, 13 1/2" Belt, 18" Triple Turrets, 16" Dual turrets, 3" Second (armor) Deck, 2 1/2" Third (splinter) Deck 16" Conning Tower. Machinery, 24,800 IHP; 2 vertical, Triple expansion engines, 2 screws. Speed, 20.5 Knots, Crew 864. Operational and Building Data: Laid down by New York, Shipbuilding, Camden, NJ., October 26, 1912. Launched March 23, 1914. Commissioned May 2, 1916. Decommissioned (War Loss). Stricken September 1, 1944. Fate: Sunk by Japanese aircraft during attack on Pearl Harbor Hawaii, December 7, 1941. Her hulk was raised in 1943, Sold for scrap December 5 1946. Hulk sank while under tow to breakers, 540 miles NE, Pearl Harbor, May 17, 1947. 20 Officers and 395 Men were lost with the ship and remain on duty.

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USS Oklahoma (BB-37)

Bailey, Gerald John, S1c, (1934-1941) 00 00-0000 Seaman 1st Class
Talbert, Edward, SN 00 00-0000 Seaman
Temples, Houston, S1c, (1941-1941) 00 00-0000 Seaman
Tidball, David, SN 00 00-0000 Seaman
Tranbarger, Orval, SN 00 00-0000 Seaman
Turner, Billy, SN 00 00-0000 Seaman
Watson, Richard, SN 00 00-0000 Seaman
Wicker, Eugene Woodrow, S1c, (1940-1941) 00 00-0000 Seaman
Young, Robert Verdun, S1c, (1940-1941) 00 00-0000 Seaman
Titterington, Everett, FN 00 00-0000 Fireman
Todd, Neal, FN 00 00-0000 Fireman
Tucker, William, FN 00 00-0000 Fireman
Tushla, Louis, FN 00 00-0000 Fireman
Webb, James, FN 00 00-0000 Fireman
Sandburg, Dean, S2c, (1941-1944) 00 00-0000 Seaman Second Class
Jurashen, Thomas, SA 00 00-0000 Seaman Apprentice
Nigg, Laverne, SA 00 00-0000 Seaman Apprentice
Prewitt, Brady, SA 00 00-0000 Seaman Apprentice
Tanner Jr., Rangner, SA 00 00-0000 Seaman Apprentice
Thinnes, Arthur, SA 00 00-0000 Seaman Apprentice
Thomson, Richard, SA 00 00-0000 Seaman Apprentice
Thornton, Cecil, SA 00 00-0000 Seaman Apprentice
Thrombley, Robert, SA 00 00-0000 Seaman Apprentice
Timm, Lloyde, SA 00 00-0000 Seaman Apprentice
Ufford, Russell, SA 00 00-0000 Seaman Apprentice
Walpole, Eugene, SA 00 00-0000 Seaman Apprentice
Walters, Charles, SA 00 00-0000 Seaman Apprentice
Wood, Frank Lego, S2c, (1940-1941) 00 00-0000 Seaman Apprentice
Allison, Hal Jake, F2c, (1939-1941) 00 00-0000 Fireman Apprentice
Terhune, Benjamin, FA 00 00-0000 Fireman Apprentice
Alexander, Hugh Rossman, LCDR, (1917-1941) OFF 192X Lieutenant Commander
Schmitt, Aloysius Herman, LTJG, (1939-1941) OFF 410X Lieutenant Junior Grade
Allen, Stanley Willis, ENS, (1939-1941) OFF 131X Ensign
Rommel, Herbert Fox, CAPT, (1934-1969) OFF 000X Ensign
Sederstrom, Verdi Delmore, ENS, (1941-1941) OFF 310X Ensign
Thompson, William Manley, ENS, (1941-1941) OFF 310X Ensign
Wyman, Elden, ENS, (1940-1941) OFF 000X Ensign
Wyman, Eldon Paul, ENS, (1940-1941) OFF 000X Ensign
Austin, John Arnold, C.C., (1920-1941) CWO CWO Chief Carpenter (CWO)
Zvansky, Thomas, CPO, (1920-1941) SM SM-0000 Chief Signalman
Day, Francis, CPO WT WT-0000 Chief Petty Officer
Derrington, Ralph, CPO MM MM-0000 Chief Petty Officer
Finnegan, William, ENS, (1917-1941) RM RM-0000 Chief Petty Officer
Furr, Theodore McKinley, CPO, (1930-1941) CM CM-0000 Chief Petty Officer
Gordon, Duff, CPO SF SF-0000 Chief Petty Officer
Gurganus, William, CPO EM EM-0000 Chief Petty Officer
Harris, Daniel, CPO FC FC-0000 Chief Petty Officer
Hayden, Albert, CPO EM EM-0000 Chief Petty Officer
Hoard, Herbert, CPO SK SK-0000 Chief Petty Officer
Sanders, Dean Stanley, CPO, (1927-1941) MM MM-0000 Chief Petty Officer
Stouten, James, CPO BM BM-0000 Chief Petty Officer
Baker, Robert Dewey, CPO, (1931-1941) MM MM-0000 Chief Petty Officer
Cheshire, James Thomas, CPO, (1933-1941) PhM PhM-0000 Chief Petty Officer
Cheshire, James Thomas, CPO, (1933-1941) PhM PhM-0000 Chief Petty Officer
White, Claude, CPO, (1930-1941) WT WT-0000 Chief Petty Officer
Wright, Paul Raymond, CPO, (1919-1941) WT WT-0000 Chief Petty Officer
Armstrong, Kenneth Berton, PO1, (1920-1941) ML ML-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Blanchard, William Eugene, PO1, (1936-1941) B B-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Burger, Oliver Kenneth, PO1, (1934-1941) WT WT-0000 Petty Officer First Class

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