Boucher, Ralph Irving, SC1c

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Last Rank
Petty Officer First Class
Last Primary NEC
SC-0000-Ships Cook/Ships Baker
Last Rating/NEC Group
Ships Cook/Ships Baker
Primary Unit
1944-1945, SC-0000, USS Barbel (SS-316)
Service Years
1941 - 1945
SC-Ships Cook/Baker
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Home State
New York
New York
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Mechanicsville, NY
Last Address
Philadelphia, PA

Casualty Date
Feb 04, 1945
Hostile-Body Not Recovered
Other Explosive Device
World War II
Location of Interment
Gerald B. H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery - Schuylerville, New York
Wall/Plot Coordinates
MI 52 (memorial marker)

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The National Gold Star Family RegistryWorld War II FallenUnited States Navy Memorial WWII Memorial National Registry
  2018, The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2018, World War II Fallen
  2018, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
  2018, WWII Memorial National Registry

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Submarine Enlisted Badge
Submarine Combat Patrol Badge - 4 Patrols

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
US NavyNAVSUBASE New London/GrotonUSS Barbel (SS-316)
  1941-1941, SC-0000, USS Bass (SS-164)
  1941-1944, SC-0000, USS S-16 (SS-121)
  1944-1944, SC-0000, NAVSUBASE New London/Groton
  1944-1945, SC-0000, USS Barbel (SS-316)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1944 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Leyte Campaign (1944)
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Feb 01, 1942, Promoted to SC3
  Jan 01, 1943, Promoted to SC2
  Jun 01, 1944, Promoted to SC1
  Mar 08, 1945, Mechanicsville Chief's Son Listed Missing1
  May 29, 1950, Application for WWII Compensation1
  Dec 20, 2000, County Honors Local Submarine Vets1
  Mar 02, 2018, General Photos
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

USS Barbel (SS-316) departed Fremantle submarine base, Western Australia, on 5 January 1945 for the South China Sea on her fourth patrol, Lt. Cdr. Conde Leroy Raguet in command. Late in January she was ordered to form a "wolfpack" with Perch and Gabilan and patrol the western approaches to Balabac Strait and the southern entrance to Palawan Passage. On 3 February, Barbel sent a message reporting that she had been attacked three times by enemy aircraft dropping depth charges and would transmit further information on the following night. Barbel was never heard from again. Japanese aviators reported an attack on a submarine off southwest Palawan on 4 February. Two bombs were dropped and one landed on the submarine near the bridge. The sub plunged, under a cloud of fire and spray. This was very likely the last engagement of Barbel.

SC1 Boucher was a member of the crew. He was listed as missing in action and later declared dead.

Service number: 2387298

Submarine war patrols: USS Barbel (SS-316) - 1st through 4th

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