Hammill, Don, SoM1c

Deceased
 
 Service Photo   Service Details
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Last Rank
Petty Officer First Class
Last Primary NEC
SO-0000-Sonarman
Last Rating/NEC Group
Sonarman
Primary Unit
1943-1945, SO-0000, USS Crosby (APD-17)
Service Years
1942 - 1945
Voice Edition
SO-Sonarman (1943-1964)

 Last Photo   Personal Details 

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Home Country
United States
United States
Year of Birth
1923
 
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Contact Info
Home Town
Not Specified
Last Address
Not Specified

Date of Passing
Dec 21, 2012
 
Location of Interment
Utah State Veterans Cemetery - Bluffdale, Utah
Wall/Plot Coordinates
SECTION A-1 ROW D SITE 1

 Official Badges 

WW II Honorable Discharge Pin


 Unofficial Badges 

Order of the Shellback Order of the Golden Shellback Order of the Emerald Shellback


 Military Association Memberships
Navy League of the United StatesThe National Association of Destroyer Veterans (Tin Can Sailors)
  1997, Navy League of the United States [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2005, The National Association of Destroyer Veterans (Tin Can Sailors) [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2005, The National Association of Destroyer Veterans (Tin Can Sailors) [Verified] - Assoc. Page


 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
I AM NOW VICE PRESIDENT OF MEMBERSHIP & DEVELOPMENT,
UTAH COUNCIL NAVY LEAGUE OF THE UNITED STATES

Unofficial US NAVY CERTIFICATES
COLD WAR CERTIFICATE
GOLDEN DRAGON CERTIFICATE


Per the National Cemetery Administration........
 
HAMMILL, DON E  
  SO1   US NAVY
  WORLD WAR II
  DATE OF BIRTH: 02/04/1923
  DATE OF DEATH: 12/21/2012
  BURIED AT: SECTION A-1  ROW D  SITE 1
  UTAH STATE VETERANS CEMETERY
   
Other Comments:
Hammill, a native of Salt Lake City, enlisted into the U.S. Navy in January, 1942, at the age of 18. After basic training and sonar school he was assigned to the crew of the APD-17 U.S.S. Crosby. Converted into a swift, amphibious attack vessel designed to deliver shock troops into battle, the Crosby was an old World War I destroyer brought out of mothballs. Painted in garish green-splotched camouflage, it joined 4 other ships of its class to create an amphibious warfare task force called TRANSDIV 22, "The Green Dragons." Hammill and his crewmates saw tremendous action during 17 amphibious landings in the South Pacific that included the islands of Guadalcanal, New Guinea, New Georgia, New Britian, Bouganville, Hollandia, Leyte, Luzon, Manila Bay, Corregidor and Okinawa. Their duties ranged from landing Army Rangers and Marines ashore, anti-submarine patrol, radar picket duty, recovering shipwrecked sailors, to shore bombardment and fire support. It was during operations off of Bouganville Island on November 17, 1943 that Hammill survived through one of his most memorable days of combat. Hammill was manning his battle-stations post at an anti-aircraft gun on the bridge. The Crosby was under a vicious strafing and dive-bombing by two Japanese aircraft. Witnesses report that Hammill fired with deadly accuracy at a low-flying bomber that was starting a Kamikazi attack on his vessel. Sonarman Hammill opened up his 20mm gun emptying a full magazine into the enemy plane. His shells tore apart the enemy's cockpit causing the aircraft to veer up radically barely missing the ship?s bridge before plunging into the sea. Hammill sailed and fought on his ship for 23 consecutive months. At war's end, he came home to Salt Lake City and earned a Law Degree from the University of Utah.
   
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  1942, Recruit Training (San Diego, CA), 1942
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Recruit Training (San Diego, CA)

Company, Class or Division
1942

Start Date 
Oct, 1942
 

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  36 Also There at This Training:
Name Co Ptn Start Date
Bowles, Edgar, PO2, (1942-1945) 1942 Oct, 1942
Buckner, Bennie, PO1, (1942-1956) 1942 Oct, 1942
Herwer, Alex, PO1, (1942-1946) 1942 Oct, 1942
Herwer, Robert, PO2, (1942-1945) 1942 Oct, 1942
Monacelli, Victor, CPO, (1942-1961) 1942 Oct, 1942
Wick, Virgil, S1c, (1942-1945) 1942 Oct, 1942
Accardi, Vito Thomas, PO2, (1943-1944) Oct, 1942
Boone, Richard Allen, PO1, (1942-1945) Oct, 1942
Cox, Melvin, S1c, (1942-1946) Oct, 1942
Deen, Loyce Edward, PO2, (1942-1944) Oct, 1942
Irvine, Laurence, PO3, (1942-1951) 56 Oct, 1942
Jackson, Arthur (Al), PO2, (1942-1945) Oct, 1942
Knutson, Wallace, CPO, (1942-1972) Oct, 1942
Knutson, Wallace, CPO, (1942-1972) Oct, 1942
Tingle, Robert, PO1, (1942-1946) Oct, 1942
Wright, Charles E., PO3, (1942-1945) Oct, 1942
Changlin, Vincent, PO2 Sep, 1942
Colgan, William Winfield, PO2, (1942-1944) Sep, 1942
Costello, Ernest, PO2, (1942-1944) Nov, 1942
Cullen, Wilford J., PO3, (1942-1945) Sep, 1942
Fritzel, George, CPO, (1942-1946) Nov, 1942
Gordon, Finley Arnold, PO3, (1939-1944) Sep, 1942
Graham, Calvin, SN, (1942-1943) Sep, 1942
Hale, Donald Eugene, S1c, (1942-1943) Sep, 1942
Johnson, Russell Harry, HA1c, (1942-1944) Sep, 1942
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