09 Willie David Thomas, Nashville, Tennessee

09 Willie David Thomas, Nashville, Tennessee

Willie David Thomas

Willie David Thomas
Willie David Thomas

Rank/Rate:   Officer’s Cook, Second Class

Service Number:   295 25 12

Birth Date:   January 24, 1916

From:   Nashville, Tennessee

Decorations:   Purple Heart

Submarine:   USS Argonaut (SS-166)

Loss Date:   January 10, 1943

Location:   Near Rabaul (05° 155’N, 153° 50’E)

Circumstances:   Sunk by surface attack and depth charges

Remarks:   Willie was born in Cornersville, Tennessee.  The photo above is believed to be that of Willie Thomas, although he was unidentified in the source.  Information courtesy of Paul W. Wittmer.

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