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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Gilbert Islands Operation/Battle of Tarawa
Start Year
1943
End Year
1943

Description
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.
   
My Participation in This Battle or Operation
From Year
1943
To Year
1943
 
Last Updated:
Feb 26, 2019
   
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  119 Also There at This Battle:
  • BEHRMANN, LOUIS, CPO, (1941-1947)
  • Carter, Loyd, PO3, (1941-1945)
  • 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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