Baumer, Kenneth Ripley, GM2c

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Last Rank
Gunner's Mate 2nd Class
Last Primary NEC
GM-0000-Gunner's Mate
Last Rating/NEC Group
Gunner's Mate
Primary Unit
1942-1944, GM-0000, USS Albacore (SS-218)
Service Years
1941 - 1944
GM-Gunner's Mate

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Home State
Michigan
Michigan
Year of Birth
1923
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Lansing, MI
Last Address
329 Fenton St
Lansing, MI

Casualty Date
Nov 07, 1944
 
Cause
Hostile-Body Not Recovered
Reason
Other Explosive Device
Location
Pacific Ocean
Conflict
World War II
Location of Interment
Evergreen Cemetery - Lansing, Michigan
Wall/Plot Coordinates
(memorial marker)

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Last Known Activity

The USS Albacore (SS-218) began a patrol on October 24, 1944, and refueled at Midway Island on October 28th. There was no further contact with the boat after that date. Japanese records report a submarine exploding as the result of contact with a mine on November 7, 1944 and the Albacore was presumed lost on December 21st 1944. Gunner's Mate Second Class Baumer was listed as Missing in Action and officially declared dead 13 December 1945.
   
Comments/Citation

Service number: 6221207

Presidential Unit Citation
The President of the United States takes great pleasure in presenting the Presidential Unit Citation to the United States Ship Albacore (SS 218) for service as set forth in the following citation:
For extraordinary heroism in action against enemy Japanese shipping and combatant units during her Second War Patrol in the New Guinea Area from November 11 to December 30, 1942; her Third War Patrol in the Admiralty Islands from January 20 to March 11, 1943; her Eighth War Patrol north of the Bismark Archipelago from December 26,1943 to February 22,1944; her Ninth War Patrol west of the Marianas from May 29 to July 16, 1944. By aggressive and tenacious area coverage, the USS Albacore made contact on a speeding major enemy task force and, defying numerous destroyers and hostile aircraft which screened the valuable Fleet units on every quarter and the inevitable countermeasures, pressed home her attack. Brilliantly maneuvering between the menacing escorts to reach the center of the powerful enemy group, the Albacore, despite a last minute breakdown of vital fire control equipment, launched her torpedoes and demolished a 29,800 ton aircraft carrier. Skillfully evading severe counterattacks, this gallant fighting ship returned to inflict further crippling blows against the enemy by sinking seven ships, including a light cruiser and two destroyers, for a total of nearly 50,000 tons. The courage and steadfast devotion to duty of the Albacore's valiant officers and men reflected in this outstanding combat record and in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

For the President
James Forrestal
Secretary of the Navy
   
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World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Western Caroline Islands Operation
Start Year
1944
End Year
1944

Description
The Japanese had established several strongholds in the Carolines. These included Truk, Yap, Pelelui, Anguar, and Ulithi. The Carolina Islands were the next objective for the United States Navy. With the Gilberts, Marshalls, and the Marianas in U.S. hands, the removal of Japanese bases in the Carolinas would clear the Japs out of the central Pacific, and open the doors for attacks on the Philippines, the Ryukyu Islands, and Japan proper.
   
My Participation in This Battle or Operation
From Year
1944
To Year
1944
 
Last Updated:
Nov 11, 2018
   
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  297 Also There at This Battle:
  • Beckwith, John Edward, S1c, (1942-1945)
  • Booth, Robert Douglas, PO2, (1943-1945)
  • Brewster, Donald, PO3, (1943-1946)
  • 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)
  • Dawson, William L., PO2, (1942-1945)
  • Deschenes, Alfred Joseph, CPO, (1942-1970)
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