Goodhue, Theodore Lester, CTM

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Last Rank
Chief Torpedoman
Last Primary NEC
TM-0000-Torpedoman's Mate
Last Rating/NEC Group
Torpedoman's Mate
Primary Unit
1944-1945, TM-0000, USS Sea Fox (SS-402)
Service Years
1938 - 1945
TM-Torpedoman's Mate
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Home State
Massachusetts
Massachusetts
Year of Birth
1918
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Chicopee, MA
Last Address
288 Elm St
Holyoke, MA

Casualty Date
Feb 13, 1945
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Location
Guam
Conflict
World War II
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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Last Known Activity

CTM Goodhue was stationed aboard the USS Sea Fox (SS-402) and was Chief of the Boat. While undergoing a refit in Guam, some of the men were ambushed by Japanese stragglers on February 13, 1945. CTM Goodhue was killed and buried on Guam.
   
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Service number: 2124857

Note: Some sources have his year of birth listed as 1925 and others as 1923. Neither of these are correct.

Submarine war patrols:
USS Trout (SS-202) - 1st through 6th
USS Triton (SS-201) -5th and 6th
USS Gudgeon (SS-211) - 7th through 10th
USS Sea Fox (SS-402) - 1st and 2nd

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Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Battle of Midway
Start Year
1942
End Year
1942

Description
The Battle of Midway in the Pacific Theater of Operations was one of the most important naval battles of World War II. Between 4 and 7 June 1942, only six months after Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor, and one month after the Battle of the Coral Sea, the United States Navy (USN), under Admirals Chester W. Nimitz, Frank Jack Fletcher, and Raymond A. Spruance decisively defeated an attack by the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN), under Admirals Isoroku Yamamoto, Chuichi Nagumo, and Nobutake Kondo on Midway Atoll, inflicting irreparable damage on the Japanese fleet. Military historian John Keegan called it "the most stunning and decisive blow in the history of naval warfare." It was Japan's first naval defeat since the Battle of Shimonoseki Straits in 1863.

The Japanese operation, like the earlier attack on Pearl Harbor, sought to eliminate the United States as a strategic power in the Pacific, thereby giving Japan a free hand in establishing its Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere. The Japanese hoped that another demoralizing defeat would force the U.S. to capitulate in the Pacific War and thus ensure Japanese dominance in the Pacific.

The Japanese plan was to lure the United States' aircraft carriers into a trap. The Japanese also intended to occupy Midway as part of an overall plan to extend their defensive perimeter in response to the Doolittle air raid on Tokyo. This operation was also considered preparatory for further attacks against Fiji, Samoa, and Hawaii itself.

The plan was handicapped by faulty Japanese assumptions of the American reaction and poor initial dispositions.Most significantly, American codebreakers were able to determine the date and location of the attack, enabling the forewarned U.S. Navy to set up an ambush of its own. Four Japanese aircraft carriers—Akagi, Kaga, Soryu and Hiryu, all part of the six-carrier force that had attacked Pearl Harbor six months earlier—and a heavy cruiser were sunk at a cost of one American aircraft carrier and a destroyer. After Midway and the exhausting attrition of the Solomon Islands campaign, Japan's shipbuilding and pilot training programs were unable to keep pace in replacing their losses, while the U.S. steadily increased its output in both areas.
   
My Participation in This Battle or Operation
From Year
1942
To Year
1942
 
Last Updated:
Sep 7, 2018
   
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  • Earnest, Albert, CAPT, (1941-1972)
  • Feeney, John Martin, RDML, (1942-1962)
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