Blind, Howard James, LT

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Last Rank
Last Primary NEC
112X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Submarine Warfare
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1943-1944, 112X, USS Crevalle (SS-291)
Service Years
1942 - 1944

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Last Address
Casper, WY

Casualty Date
Sep 11, 1944
Non Hostile- Body Not Recovered
Drowned, Suffocated
South China Sea
World War II
Location of Interment
Manila American Cemetery - Taguig City, Philippines
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Last Known Activity
The only man to lose his life on USS Crevalle (SS-291)

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Navy Cross

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Awarded for actions during the World War II

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Lieutenant Howard James Blind (NSN: 0-108587), United States Naval Reserve, for extraordinary heroism and intrepidity in the line of his profession upon the occasion of a surfacing accident to the U.S.S. CREVALLE (SS-291), on 11 September 1944. As Officer of the Deck, upon reaching the bridge and observing that the ship was re-submerging with the upper conning tower hatch open Lieutenant Blind fought his way through a torrent of water and with complete disregard of his own safety struggled with the hatch until it was closed, although the ship had submerged at the time to a keel depth of 150 feet. His action was a major contributing factor to the saving of the ship and her crew and undoubtedly cost him his own life. His actions and conduct on this occasion was in keeping with the highest traditions of the Navy of the United States.

General Orders: Commander 7th Fleet: Serial 03215 (December 6, 1944)
Action Date: September 11, 1944
Service: Navy
Rank: Lieutenant
Division: U.S.S. Crevalle (SS-291)
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