33 Charles Gold Smith, Munford, Tennessee

33 Charles Gold Smith, Munford, Tennessee

Charles Gold Smith, Jr.

Charles Gold Smith Jr.
Charles Gold Smith Jr.

Rank/Rate:    Ensign

Service Number:    O-120075

Birth Date:    August 24, 1915

From:    Munford, Tennessee

Decorations:    Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Prisoner of War Medal

Submarine:    USS Sculpin (SS-191)

Loss Date:    November 19, 1943

Location:    North of Oroluk Island near Truk

Circumstances:    Sunk by Japanese destroyer

Remarks:    Charles survived the sinking of his boat, but was killed while being transported aboard Chuyo from Truk to Japan when it was sunk by USS Sailfish on December 4, 1943.  Please note that most sources mistakenly spell the island’s name “Groluk.”  Photo and information courtesy of Paul W. Wittmer.

NavSource, Submarine Photo Archive for the USS SCULPIN (SS-191)

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