Thomas, William E., CDR

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Last Rank
Commander
Last Primary NEC
131X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Pilot
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1959-1961, 131X, Atlantic Fleet Weapons Training Facility (Faculty Staff)
Service Years
1940 - 1961
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Cold War
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Commander

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Home Country
United States
United States
Year of Birth
1920
 
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Home Town
Philadelphia
Last Address
Not Specified

Date of Passing
May 04, 2011
 
Location of Interment
Florida National Cemetery - Bushnell, Florida
Wall/Plot Coordinates
SECTION 110 SITE 603

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Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-42)/Battle of Rennel Island
Start Year
1943
End Year
1943

Description
The Battle of Rennell Island took place on 29-30 January 1943. It was the last major naval engagement between the United States Navy and the Imperial Japanese Navy during the Guadalcanal campaign of World War II. It occurred in the South Pacific between Rennell Island and Guadalcanal in the southern Solomon Islands.

In the battle, Japanese naval land-based torpedo bombers, seeking to provide protection for the impending evacuation of Japanese forces from Guadalcanal, made several attacks over two days on US warships operating as a task force south of this island. In addition to approaching Guadalcanal with the objective of engaging any Japanese ships that might come into range, the U.S. task force was protecting an Allied transport ship convoy carrying replacement troops there.

As a result of the Japanese air attacks on the task force, one U.S. heavy cruiser was sunk, a destroyer was heavily damaged, and the rest of the U.S. task force was forced to retreat from the southern Solomons area. Partly because they turned back the U.S. task force in this battle, the Japanese successfully evacuated their remaining troops from Guadalcanal by 7 February 1943, leaving it in the hands of the Allies and ending the battle for the island.
   
My Participation in This Battle or Operation
From Year
1943
To Year
1943
 
Last Updated:
Sep 22, 2017
   
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  35 Also There at This Battle:
 
  • Street, William, CPO, (1940-1946)
  • Vejtasa, Stanley Winfield, CAPT, (1938-1970)
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