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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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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World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Sinking of the USS Indianapolis (CA-35)
Start Year
1945
End Year
1945

Description
USS Indianapolis (CL/CA-35) was a Portland-class heavy cruiser of the United States Navy, named for the city of Indianapolis, Indiana. The vessel served as the flagship for the commander of Scouting Force 1 for eight pre-war years, then as flagship for Admiral Raymond Spruance, in 1943 and 1944, while he commanded the Fifth Fleet in battles across the Central Pacific in World War II. In 1945, the sinking of Indianapolis led to the greatest single loss of life at sea, from a single ship, in the history of the US Navy. The ship had just finished a high-speed trip to United States Army Air Force Base at Tinian to deliver parts of Little Boy, the first nuclear weapon ever used in combat, and was on her way to the Philippines on training duty. At 0015 on 30 July 1945 the ship was torpedoed by the Imperial Japanese Navy submarine I-58, and sank in 12 minutes. Of 1,195 crewmen aboard, approximately 300 went down with the ship. The remaining 900 faced exposure, dehydration, saltwater poisoning, and shark attacks while floating with few lifeboats and almost no food or water. The Navy learned of the sinking when survivors were spotted four days later by the crew of a PV-1 Ventura on routine patrol. Only 316 survived. On 19 August 2017, a search team financed by Paul Allen located the wreckage of the sunken cruiser in the Philippine Sea lying at a depth of approximately 18,000 ft (5,500 m).
   
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From Year
1945
To Year
1945
 
Last Updated:
Feb 26, 2019
   
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