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James Milton White

James Milton White

Silver StarBronze StarPurple Heart

Rank/Rate Gunner's Mate, First Class
Service Number 346 65 64
Birth Date August 16, 1915
From Springhill, Louisiana
Decorations Silver Star, Bronze Star, Purple Heart
Submarine USS Tang (SS-306)
Loss Date October 25, 1944
Location Formosa Strait near Turnabout Island
Circumstances Sunk by circular run of own torpedo
Remarks James was born in Deming, New Mexico.

White Hall (on what was formerly known as the Submarine Base,
Pearl Harbor, Hawaii) was named in memory of Gunner's Mate
First Class James White who was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for
meritorious service as gun captain in TANG (SS-306) during a
war patrol in enemy waters. Petty Officer White steadfastly manned
his battle station throughout numerous attacks against enemy shipping,
contributing to TANG's success in avoiding intense enemy
countermeasures and in completing an extremely hazardous mission.
Petty Officer White was subsequently lost in action during TANG's
fifth war patrol in the Formosa Strait.

Photo courtesy of Steve Moore.  Information courtesy of Paul W. Wittmer.

 

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