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Jim Bob Phifer

Jim Bob Phifer

Jim as an enlisted man

Navy CrossPurple HeartPrisoner of War Medal

Rank/Rate Ensign
Service Number O-146774
Birth Date February 13, 1916
From Dallas, Texas
Decorations Navy Cross, Purple Heart, Prisoner of War Medal
Ship USS Pigeon (ASR-6)
Date of Death October 24, 1944
Location Aboard the Hellship Arisan Maru
Circumstances Died when Arisan Maru, transporting Allied Prisoners of War from the Philippines to Japan, was sunk by USS Shark (SS-314)

Jim was born in Elam, Texas. He received the Navy Cross for his efforts during the salvage of USS Squalus.

Navy Cross Citation:

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Gunner's Mate Second Class James B. Phifer, United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism in the line of his profession as a diver during the rescue and salvage operations following the sinking of the U.S.S. SQUALUS on 23 May 1939. Gunner's Mate Second Class James Phifer's courage and devotion to duty in making repeated dangerous dives during the most difficult diving conditions characterizes conduct far above and beyond the call of duty. (Advanced one grade in rating without examination.)



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