Wilks, Ferris Washington, TM1

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Last Rank
Petty Officer First Class
Last Primary NEC
TM-0000-Torpedoman's Mate
Last Rating/NEC Group
Torpedoman's Mate
Primary Unit
1944-1945, TM-0000, USS Barbel (SS-316)
Service Years
1937 - 1945
TM-Torpedoman's Mate
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Home State
Washington
Washington
Year of Birth
1919
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Olympia,WA
Last Address
Olympia,WA

Casualty Date
Feb 04, 1945
 
Cause
Hostile, Died while Missing
Reason
Lost At Sea-Unrecovered
Location
Pacific Ocean
Conflict
Submarine War Patrols
Location of Interment
Manila American Cemetery - Taguig City, Philippines
Wall/Plot Coordinates
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Last Known Activity
On 3 February BARBEL sent a message to GABILAN, USS TUNA (SS-203), and USS BLACKFIN (SS-322) stating that she had been bombed by enemy aircraft three times that day and would transmit again the following night with more information. But no transmission came. On 6 February, TUNA indicated that she had been unable to raise BARBEL for 48 hours and requested a rendezvous with her sister sub on the following day. BARBEL didn’t show. The navy declared her overdue and presumed lost on 16 February, the day on which she was scheduled to leave her patrol area.

Japanese records examined after the war state that on 4 February a plane dropped two bombs on a surfaced sub, scoring one hit near the bridge. The crew of the aircraft watched the sub, on fire, plunge beneath the waves. It did not return to the surface. It is almost certain that the sub was BARBEL.

Eighty-one men were lost with their boat, the recipient of three battle stars for her World War II service
   
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