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William Franklin Ballinger

William Franklin Ballinger

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Rank/Rate Chief Torpedomanís Mate
Service Number 380 63 06
Birth Date December 3, 1909
From Rosemead, California
Decorations Silver Star, Bronze Star, Purple Heart
Submarine USS Tang (SS-306)
Loss Date October 25, 1944
Location North end of Formosa Strait
Circumstances Sunk by circular run of own torpedo
Remarks

William was born in Los Angeles, California.
His birth date is listed as December 3, 1908 in some sources.

Silver Star Citation: The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Chief Torpedoman's Mate William F. Ballinger (NSN: 3806306), United States Navy, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action in the performance of his duties as "Chief-of-the-Boat" in the U.S.S. TANG (SS-306), during the FOURTH War Patrol of that Submarine from 31 July 1944 to 3 September 1944. His exceptional skill and ability in maintaining a high degree of efficiency in the control room contributed directly to the success of his vessel in sinking five enemy ships totaling 22,500 tons and damaging an additional enemy ship of 4,000 tons; and, in a gun engagement, the severe damaging of a 100-ton patrol vessel. His efficiency and coolness contributed directly to the success of his vessel in evading severe enemy counterattacks, sometimes in very shallow waters. His conduct throughout was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

Photo courtesy of Jack Jones, MSgt (ret), USAF, grandnephew.  Information courtesy of Paul W. Wittmer.

 

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