Hammill, Don, SoM1c

Deceased
 
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Last Rank
Petty Officer First Class
Last Primary NEC
SO-0000-Sonarman
Last Rating/NEC Group
Sonarman
Primary Unit
1943-1945, SO-0000, USS Crosby (APD-17)
Service Years
1942 - 1945
Voice Edition
SO-Sonarman (1943-1964)

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Home Country
United States
United States
Year of Birth
1923
 
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Contact Info
Home Town
Not Specified
Last Address
Not Specified

Date of Passing
Dec 21, 2012
 
Location of Interment
Utah State Veterans Cemetery - Bluffdale, Utah
Wall/Plot Coordinates
SECTION A-1 ROW D SITE 1

 Official Badges 

WW II Honorable Discharge Pin


 Unofficial Badges 

Order of the Shellback Order of the Golden Shellback Order of the Emerald Shellback


 Military Association Memberships
Navy League of the United StatesNational Association of Destroyer Veterans (Tin Can Sailors)
  1997, Navy League of the United States [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2005, National Association of Destroyer Veterans (Tin Can Sailors) [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2005, National Association of Destroyer Veterans (Tin Can Sailors) [Verified] - Assoc. Page


 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
I AM NOW VICE PRESIDENT OF MEMBERSHIP & DEVELOPMENT,
UTAH COUNCIL NAVY LEAGUE OF THE UNITED STATES

Unofficial US NAVY CERTIFICATES
COLD WAR CERTIFICATE
GOLDEN DRAGON CERTIFICATE


Per the National Cemetery Administration........
 
HAMMILL, DON E  
  SO1   US NAVY
  WORLD WAR II
  DATE OF BIRTH: 02/04/1923
  DATE OF DEATH: 12/21/2012
  BURIED AT: SECTION A-1  ROW D  SITE 1
  UTAH STATE VETERANS CEMETERY
   
Other Comments:
Hammill, a native of Salt Lake City, enlisted into the U.S. Navy in January, 1942, at the age of 18. After basic training and sonar school he was assigned to the crew of the APD-17 U.S.S. Crosby. Converted into a swift, amphibious attack vessel designed to deliver shock troops into battle, the Crosby was an old World War I destroyer brought out of mothballs. Painted in garish green-splotched camouflage, it joined 4 other ships of its class to create an amphibious warfare task force called TRANSDIV 22, "The Green Dragons." Hammill and his crewmates saw tremendous action during 17 amphibious landings in the South Pacific that included the islands of Guadalcanal, New Guinea, New Georgia, New Britian, Bouganville, Hollandia, Leyte, Luzon, Manila Bay, Corregidor and Okinawa. Their duties ranged from landing Army Rangers and Marines ashore, anti-submarine patrol, radar picket duty, recovering shipwrecked sailors, to shore bombardment and fire support. It was during operations off of Bouganville Island on November 17, 1943 that Hammill survived through one of his most memorable days of combat. Hammill was manning his battle-stations post at an anti-aircraft gun on the bridge. The Crosby was under a vicious strafing and dive-bombing by two Japanese aircraft. Witnesses report that Hammill fired with deadly accuracy at a low-flying bomber that was starting a Kamikazi attack on his vessel. Sonarman Hammill opened up his 20mm gun emptying a full magazine into the enemy plane. His shells tore apart the enemy's cockpit causing the aircraft to veer up radically barely missing the ship?s bridge before plunging into the sea. Hammill sailed and fought on his ship for 23 consecutive months. At war's end, he came home to Salt Lake City and earned a Law Degree from the University of Utah.
   
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Leyte Campaign (1944)/Battle of Leyte Gulf
Start Year
1944
End Year
1944

Description
The Battle of Leyte Gulf, also called the Battles for Leyte Gulf, and formerly known as the Second Battle of the Philippine Sea, is generally considered to be the largest naval battle of World War II and, by some criteria, possibly the largest naval battle in history.

It was fought in waters near the Philippine islands of Leyte, Samar and Luzon from 23–26 October 1944, between combined US and Australian forces and the Imperial Japanese Navy. On 20 October, United States troops invaded the island of Leyte as part of a strategy aimed at isolating Japan from the countries it had occupied in Southeast Asia, and in particular depriving its forces and industry of vital oil supplies. The Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) mobilized nearly all of its remaining major naval vessels in an attempt to defeat the Allied invasion, but was repulsed by the US Navy's 3rd and 7th Fleets. The IJN failed to achieve its objective, suffered very heavy losses, and never afterwards sailed to battle in comparable force. The majority of its surviving heavy ships, deprived of fuel, remained in their bases for the rest of the Pacific War.

The Battle of Leyte Gulf consisted of four separate engagements between the opposing forces: the Battle of the Sibuyan Sea, the Battle of Surigao Strait, the Battle of Cape Engaño and the Battle off Samar, as well as other actions.

It was the first battle in which Japanese aircraft carried out organized kamikaze attacks. By the time of the battle, Japan had fewer aircraft than the Allied forces had sea vessels, demonstrating the difference in power of the two sides at this point of the war.
   
My Participation in This Battle or Operation
From Year
1944
To Year
1944
 
Last Updated:
May 25, 2018
   
Personal Memories
   
My Photos From This Battle or Operation
No Available Photos

  386 Also There at This Battle:
  • Adling, Richard
  • Ball, Robert, PO1, (1942-1945)
  • Baxter, James
  • Bedrosian, John, SN, (1944-1946)
  • Blanton, Osie, CPO, (1931-1952)
  • Breaux, Calvin, SN, (1944-1946)
  • Clonts, Alpheus Eugene, PO1, (1942-1948)
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