Farmer, Roscoe Lee, Sr., St2c

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Last Rank
Steward's Mate 2nd Class
Last Rating/NEC Group
Stewards Mate
Primary Unit
1943-1943, SD-0000, USS Liscome Bay (CVE-56)
Service Years
1943 - 1943
Steward's Mate 2nd Class

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Home State
North Carolina
North Carolina
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Stansburg, NC
Last Address
618 S 1st Ave
South Coatesville, PA

Casualty Date
Nov 24, 1943
Hostile-Body Not Recovered
Pacific Ocean
World War II
Location of Interment
Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial - Honolulu, Hawaii
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Court 3 (cenotaph)

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US Navy
  1943-1943, SD-0000, USS Liscome Bay (CVE-56)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1943 Gilbert Islands Operation/Battle of Tarawa
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Last Known Activity

On 24 November 1943 at about 05:10, a lookout on the starboard side of USS Liscome Bay (CVE-56) reported seeing a torpedo headed for the ship. The torpedo struck behind the after engine room, as Liscome Bay was conducting its turn, and detonated the bomb magazine, causing a devastating explosion that engulfed the ship and sent shrapnel flying as far as 5,000 yards away. Considerable debris fell on the battleship New Mexico about 1,500 yards off, whilst a sailor on-board the escort carrier Coral Sea was reportedly hit by a fire extinguisher from Liscome Bay. The explosion rocked the older battleship Pennsylvania which was sailing relatively near by but damage to the ship, which at full load displaced almost four times that of Liscome Bay, was light to negligible and none of the crew were harmed. A mushroom cloud erupted, rising thousands of feet above the wreck of Liscome Bay.

The detonation sheared off nearly the entire rear end of the carrier, killing everyone behind the forward bulkhead of the after engine room. Seawater quickly rushed into the gap, mixing with oil released from the hull. Both the hangar and flight decks were heavily damaged. Parts of the superstructure, including the radar antenna, collapsed onto the deck. The forward part of the hangar was immediately engulfed in flames, igniting the few remaining planes on the flight deck. Planes were launched off of the carrier's deck. Steam, compressed air, and fire-main pressure were lost throughout the ship. Ammunition within the burning aircraft and anti-aircraft guns went off due to the fires on the flight deck, further complicating matters. The gasoline coated water surrounding
Liscome Bay caught fire, hampering efforts by survivors to escape.

05:33, only 23 minutes after the explosion, Liscome Bay listed to starboard and sank, carrying to their deaths 53 officers and 591 enlisted men.

St2c Farmer was among the men listed as missing in action and later declared dead.

Service number: 8217978
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