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Thaddeus Bukowski

Thaddeus Bukowski

Silver Star Purple Heart

Rank/Rate Chief Radioman
Service Number 228 33 32
Birth Date May 3, 1914
From Paterson, New Jersey
Decorations Silver Star, Purple Heart
Submarine USS Grayback (SS-208)
Loss Date February 26, 1944
Location Near 25 47'N x 128 45'E, south of Okinawa
Circumstances Sunk by air attack
Remarks Silver Star Citation: The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Chief Radioman Thaddeus Bukowski (NSN: 2283332), United States Navy, for gallantry and intrepidity in action in the performance of his duties as Sound Operator in the U.S.S. GRAYBACK (SS-208) during the NINTH War Patrol of that Submarine from 2 December 1943 to 4 January 1944. His outstanding skill and efficiency in operating the Sound Equipment and ability to furnish his Commanding Officer with a valuable flow of information during gun and torpedo attacks against escorted enemy shipping contributed directly to his vessel's success in sinking six enemy ships and an armed trawler for a total of 23,995 tons, and damaging of two additional enemy ships totaling 11,021 tons. His efficiency and coolness greatly assisted his ship in conducting successful evasive tactics during enemy countermeasures. His conduct throughout was an inspiration to all with whom he served and was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

Photo and information courtesy of Paul W. Wittmer.

 

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