Ackerman, Edward, LCDR

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Last Rank
Lieutenant Commander
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1944-1945, USS Kete (SS-369)
Service Years
1935 - 1945
Lieutenant Commander
Lieutenant Commander

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Cincinnati, OH
Last Address
Cincinnati, OH

Casualty Date
Mar 20, 1945
Hostile-Body Not Recovered
Other Explosive Device
Pacific Ocean
World War II
Location of Interment
Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial - Honolulu, Hawaii
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Court 5 (cenotaph)

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 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

USS Kete (SS-369) began her second war patrol, clearing Guam on 1 March 1945. After three weeks, she was down to three torpedoes, having sunk four enemy ships. She was ordered back to Midway but never arrived, and was listed as presumed lost, 16 April 1945. Lieutenant Commander Ackerman was listed as Missing in Action and later declared dead 1 April 1946.

Service number: 082383

Commands and duties:
Diving Officer - USS Grayback (SS-208) - 1942 and 1943
Executive Officer - USS Grayback (SS-208) - 9/30/42 to 12/1/43
Executive Officer - USS Kete (SS-369) - 7/44 to 1/45
Commanding Officer - USS Kete (SS-369) - 2/20/45 to 3/20/45

Silver Star
Awarded for actions during World War II
Service: Navy
Rank: Lieutenant
Division: U.S.S. Grayback (SS-208)
General Orders: Commander 7th Fleet: Serial 0547 (March 11, 1944)
Citation: The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Lieutenant Edward Ackerman (NSN: 0-82383), United States Navy, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action. During the first SEVEN War Patrols of the U.S.S. GRAYBACK (SS-208), Lieutenant Ackerman, as Diving Officer, calmly and skillfully maintained depth control of his ship during torpedo attacks and during trying conditions of no less than 15 enemy depth-charge counterattacks. On one occasion, when a main ballast tank malfunctioned, he took corrective action to prevent loss of trim and serious damage or loss of his ship. His assistance to his Commanding Officer contributed to the successful attacks on seven enemy ships, including a destroyer, during a single war patrol. His actions throughout were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
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 Ribbon Bar
Command at Sea
Submarine Officer Badge
Submarine Combat Patrol Badge - 7 Patrols

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
USS Mississippi (BB-41)US NavyNAVSUBASE New London/GrotonUSS Grayback (SS-208)
USS Kete (SS-369)
  1939-1939, USS Mississippi (BB-41)
  1939-1940, USS Overton (DD-239)
  1941-1941, NAVSUBASE New London/Groton
  1941-1944, USS Grayback (SS-208)
  1944-1945, USS Kete (SS-369)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1939-1940 Neutrality Operations in the North Atlantic
  1942-1942 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-42)
  1945-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Okinawa Gunto Operation
  1945-1945 USS Kete (SS-369)
 Colleges Attended 
Maryville CollegeUnited States Naval Academy
  1933-1935, Maryville College
  1935-1939, United States Naval Academy
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Jun 01, 1939, Commissioned as Ensign
  Jun 15, 1942, Promoted to Lieutenant
  Mar 15, 1944, Promoted to Lieutenant Commander
 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
World War II FallenThe National Gold Star Family RegistryThe National Purple Heart Hall of HonorUnited States Navy Memorial
WWII Memorial National Registry
  1945, World War II Fallen
  1945, The National Gold Star Family Registry
  1945, The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor [Verified]
  1945, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
  1945, WWII Memorial National Registry
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