Crommelin, John G., RADM

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Rear Admiral Upper Half
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131X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Pilot
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Line Officer
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1949-1950, 131X, CNO - OPNAV
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1923 - 1950
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Gilbert Islands Operation/Battle of Tarawa
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The Battle of Tarawa (US code name Operation Galvanic) was a battle in the Pacific Theater of World War II, fought from November 20 to November 23, 1943. It took place at the Tarawa Atoll in the Gilbert Islands, located in what is now the nation of Kiribati. Nearly 6,400 Japanese, Koreans, and Americans died in the fighting, mostly on and around the small island of Betio.

The Battle of Tarawa was the first American offensive in the critical central Pacific region. It was also the first time in the war that the United States faced serious Japanese opposition to an amphibious landing. Previous landings met little or no initial resistance. but this time the 4,500 Japanese defenders were well-supplied and well-prepared, and they fought almost to the last man, exacting a heavy toll on the United States Marine Corps. The U.S. had suffered similar casualties in other campaigns, for example over the six months of the Guadalcanal Campaign, but in this case the losses were incurred within the space of 76 hours.
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The invasion bombardment announcing America's first

major thrust into the central Pacific began 20 November at

0500, and 76 battle-filled hours later, Tarawa and Makin

Islands were captured. LISCOME BAY?s aircraft played their

part well in the 2,278 action sorties provided by carrier

based planes which neutralized enemy airbases, supported

landings and ground operations in powerful bombing-strafing

missions, and intercepted enemy raids. With the islands

secured, the U.S. forces began a retirement.

On 23 November, the Japanese submarine I-175 arrived

off Makin. The temporary task group built around Rear Adm.

H. M. Mullinnix's three escorts, LISCOME BAY, CORAL SEA

(CVE-57) and CORREGIDOR (CVE-58) commanded by Rear Adm.

Robert M. Griffin in NEW MEXICO (BB-40) was steaming 20

miles southwest of Butaritari Island at 15 knots. At 0430,

24 November, reveille was made in LISCOME BAY. The ship

went to routine general quarters at 0505 as flight crews

prepared their planes for dawn launchings. There was no

warning of a submarine in the area until about 0510 when a

lookout shouted: " . . . here comes a torpedo!" The missile

struck abaft the after engineroom an instant later with a

shattering roar. A second major detonation closely followed

the first, the entire interior burst into flames. At 0533,

LISCOME BAY listed to starboard and sank, carrying Admiral

Mullinix, Captain Wiltsie, 53 other officers, and 591

enlisted men down with her; 272 of her crew were rescued.

Gallantly her men had served; gallantly they died in the

victorious campaign giving their lives for the Nation's future.

LISCOME BAY received one battle star for World War II

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  120 Also There at This Battle:
  • BEHRMANN, LOUIS, CPO, (1941-1947)
  • Carter, Loyd, PO3, (1941-1945)
  • Dawson, William L., PO2, (1942-1945)
  • Freeman, Harold, CMC, (1943-1975)
  • Fuller, Leroy, PO1, (1941-1945)
  • Greer, Howard E., VADM, (1941-1978)
  • Lucas, Charles S., PO3, (1943-1946)
  • Lucas, Charles, PO3, (1942-1945)
  • Medaglia, Michael, S1c, (1942-1946)
  • Nichols, Monte, CPO, (1941-1947)
  • Seamster, Wilbur Lee, S2c, (1943-1946)
  • Smith, Bill, PO3, (1943-1945)
  • Soucy, Ronald, PO2, (1942-1945)
  • Streitenberger, Robert, PO2, (1942-1946)
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