Grizzard, Herbert Wayne, MM1c

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Last Rank
Petty Officer First Class
Last Primary NEC
MM-0000-Machinist's Mate
Last Rating/NEC Group
Machinists Mate
Primary Unit
1942-1944, MM-0000, Prisoner of War
Service Years
1935 - 1944
Official/Unofficial US Navy Certificates
Order of the Golden Dragon
Neptune Subpoena
Plank Owner
MM-Machinists Mate
Two Hash Marks

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Home State
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
Not Specified

Casualty Date
Dec 07, 1944
Hostile, Died while Captured
Other Explosive Device
World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Philippine Islands Campaign (1941-42)/Battle of Bataan
Location of Interment
Woodlawn Memorial Park - Nashville, Tennessee
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Plot: Graceland

 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

Order of the Shellback Order of the Golden Dragon

 Military Association Memberships
WWII Memorial National RegistryUnited States Navy Memorial World War II FallenThe National Gold Star Family Registry
  2013, WWII Memorial National Registry
  2013, United States Navy Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2013, World War II Fallen [Verified]
  2013, The National Gold Star Family Registry

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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1935, Recruit Training (Great Lakes, IL), 003
 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
HQ, RTC Great Lakes, IL (Company Commander/Staff)SSC (Cadre/Staff) Great Lakes, ILLUS NavyPrisoner of War
  1935-1935, HQ, RTC Great Lakes, IL (Company Commander/Staff)
  1935-1936, MM-0000, SSC (Cadre/Staff) Great Lakes, ILL
  1936-1940, MM-0000, Naval Sea Units
  1940-1942, MM-0000, USS No Name (PT-32)
  1942-1942, MM-0000, USS Pigeon ASR-6
  1942-1944, MM-0000, Prisoner of War
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1942 Philippine Islands Campaign (1941-42)/Battle of the Philippines
  1942-1942 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  1942-1942 Philippine Islands Campaign (1941-42)/Battle of Corrigedor
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
USS Pigeon (ASR-6)

The Submarine Rescue Ship USS Pigeon (ASR-6) was sunk on May 4, 1942, by a dive bomber while her crew was ashore assisting in the defense of Bataan and Corregidor.  At least six of her crew died in the Philippine Islands, during transport to POW camps in Japan, or in the camps themselves.

Silver StarPrisoner of War Medal
Rank/Rate Machinist's Mate, First Class
Service Number 295 24 23
Birth Date April 24, 1917
From Nashville, Tennessee
Decorations Prisoner of War Medal
Ship USS Pigeon (ASR-6)
Date of Death December 7, 1944
Location Hoten Prisoner of War Camp, Mukden, Manchuria, China
Circumstances Killed in a B-29 air raid on an industrial facility next to the camp
  Photo and information courtesy of Steve Schmoldt.

Name of Award
Silver Star

Year Awarded

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Army Award) (Posthumously) to Machinist's Mate Second Class Herbert Wayne Grizzard (NSN: 2952423), United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession while serving on Motor Torpedo Boat THIRTY-TWO (PT-32), Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron THREE (MTB-3), from 11 to 13 March 1942, in the Philippine Islands during a extraordinary action in a retrograde maneuver involving General Douglas MacArthur. With marked skill and coolness, Machinist's Mate Second Class Grizzard performed this mission of major strategic importance and of a most hazardous nature in the face of greatly superior enemy forces. His conduct throughout this action reflects great credit upon himself, and was in keeping with the highest traditions of the Military Forces of the United States.

General Orders: Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces in the Far East, General Order No. 43 (March 15, 1942) & Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 306 (September 1942)
Action Date: March 11 - 13, 1942
Service: Navy
Rank: Machinist's Mate Second Class
Regiment: Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron 3 (MTB-3)
Division: Motor Torpedo Boat 32 (PT-32)

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