Stole, Gerald James, F1c

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Last Rank
Fireman 1st Class
Last Primary NEC
F1c-0000-Fireman 1st Class
Last Rating/NEC Group
Fireman First Class
Primary Unit
1944-1945, USS Aaron Ward (DM-34)
Service Years
1942 - 1945
Official/Unofficial US Navy Certificates
Neptune Subpoena
Order of the Golden Dragon
Plank Owner
Fireman 1st Class

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Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Crookston, Minnestoa
Last Address
Portland, Oregon

Casualty Date
May 05, 1945
Hostile, Died
Other Explosive Device
World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Okinawa Gunto Operation
Location of Interment
Lincoln Memorial Park Cemetery - Portland, Oregon
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Veterans' Lawn

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Order of the Golden Dragon

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World War II Fallen
  1945, World War II Fallen

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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1942, Recruit Training (Great Lakes, IL)
 Duty Stations
HQ, RTC Great Lakes, IL (Company Commander/Staff)School Assignments - StaffUS Navy
  1942-1942, HQ, RTC Great Lakes, IL (Company Commander/Staff)
  1942-1943, (FA) Fireman Apprenticeship School
  1943-1944, USS California (BB-44)
  1944-1945, USS Aaron Ward (DM-34)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1945-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Okinawa Gunto Operation
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
From the Oregonian, 26 Mar. 1949:

Services Set For War Hero.

Funeral services for Fireman 1/C Gerald James Stole, who was posthumously awarded the Silver Star medal and the Purple Heart for heroism that cost his life in the battle for Okinawa, will be held Saturday at 10:30 A. M. in the chapel of the Pearson Funeral Home, 301 N. E. Knott Street.

The officiating clergyman will be Rev. Joseph Berg of the Central Lutheran Church. Military honors will be provided by veterans' groups. Interment will be in the veterans' plot of Lincoln Memorial Park.

The young man was born October 7, 1924 at Crookston, Minn., came to Portland with his parents and attended Boise and Whitaker Schools, graduating from Benson Polytechnic in 1942. He enlisted in the Navy in the summer of 1942.

He was assigned to duty in the Pacific in the summer of 1943, first on the battleship California and later on the destroyer Aaron Ward, and participated in the Naval engagements at the Marshall Islands, Saipan and Guam.

During the battle for Okinawa, the Ward was attacked by 20 enemy suicide planes and the ship received several torpedo hits. Fireman Stole escaped from the damaged portion of the ship, but in returning to the engine room to attempt the rescue of an officer suffered burns that caused his death two days later aboard a hospital ship.

He leaves the parents, Mr. and Mrs. George Stole, and a brother, Robert, all of Portland, and a brother, Donald, of Tillamook.
Awarded for actions during the World War II

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Fireman First Class Gerald James Stole, United States Navy, was awarded the Silver Star (Posthumously) for gallantry in action while serving aboard the U.S.S. AARON WARD (DD-482) off Okinawa on 3 May 1945. His gallant actions and dedicated devotion to duty, without regard for his own life, were in keeping with the highest traditions of military service and reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Naval Service.

General Orders: Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 354 (September 1946)

Action Date: May 3, 1945

Service: Navy

Division: U.S.S. Aaron Ward (DD-482)
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