Blackwell, Fermon Malachi, SSML3c

Fallen
 
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Last Rank
Petty Officer Third Class
Last Primary NEC
SSML-0000-Ship's Serviceman Laundry
Last Rating/NEC Group
Ship's Serviceman Laundry
Primary Unit
1943-1945, SSML-0000, USS Indianapolis (CA-35)
Service Years
1942 - 1945
SSML-Ship's Serviceman Laundry

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Home State
Louisiana
Louisiana
Year of Birth
1922
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Kisatchie, LA
Last Address
Kisatchie, LA

Casualty Date
Jul 30, 1945
 
Cause
Hostile-Body Not Recovered
Reason
Torpedoed
Location
Pacific Ocean
Conflict
World War II
Location of Interment
New Kisatchie Cemetery - Kisatchie, Louisiana
Wall/Plot Coordinates
(memorial marker)

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Last Known Activity

On July 30, 1945, the USS Indianapolis was torpedoed. Of the 1,196 aboard, about 900 made it into the water in the twelve minutes before she sank. Few life rafts were released. Most survivors wore the standard kapok life jacket. Due to her top secret mission, she was not reported missing. Shark attacks began with sunrise of the first day, and continued for five days until the men were finally spotted in the water and rescued. Only 316 men survived.

SSML3 Blackwell was among the men listed as missing in action and later declared dead.
   
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Service number: 6455837
   
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Western Caroline Islands Operation/Battle of Peleliu
Start Year
1944
End Year
1944

Description
The Battle of Peleliu, codenamed Operation Stalemate II, was fought between the United States and the Empire of Japan in the Pacific Theater of World War II, from September–November 1944 on the island of Peleliu, present-day Palau. U.S. Marines of the First Marine Division and later soldiers of the U.S. Army's 81st Infantry Division, fought to capture an airstrip on the small coral island. This battle was part of a larger offensive campaign known as Operation Forager which ran from June–November 1944 in the Pacific Theater of Operations.

Major General William Rupertus, USMC—commander of 1st Marine Division—predicted the island would be secured within four days. However, due to Japan's well-crafted fortifications and stiff resistance, the battle lasted over two months. In the United States, it was a controversial battle because of the island's questionable strategic value and the high casualty rate, which exceeded all other amphibious operations during the Pacific War. The National Museum of the Marine Corps called it "the bitterest battle of the war for the Marines".
   
My Participation in This Battle or Operation
From Year
1944
To Year
1944
 
Last Updated:
Jun 8, 2008
   
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  144 Also There at This Battle:
  • Carter, Loyd, PO3, (1941-1945)
  • Catalano, Joseph, PO3, (1943-1945)
  • Cooper, Kenneth Winston, CPO, (1940-1960)
  • Crookshank, Irvin, PO2, (1942-1946)
  • Crowell, Marshall Medford, F1c, (1943-1945)
  • McBride, Carl Edward, S2c, (1943-1947)
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