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Otterman, Clarence Wayne


Posted By: Von Mings Stachon (email)
Date: 5/8/2007 at 20:02:32

Otterman, Clarence Wayne

Traer, IA

Serial No: 3213534

Born: Oct 17, 1919

Parents: Mrs. and Mrs. Clarence Otterman (Sr)

Enlisted in Navy: Oct 4, 1939

Training in US: N.T.S., Great Lakes, IL

Left for Sea Duty: Boarded USS Arizona on Dec 10, 1939; went to Hawaii, May 1940. Assigned crew of USS Arizona, USS Alimindate, USS Murray, DD-576.

At Front: Dec 7, 1941, Pearl Harbor, with exception of 5 months in States following Dec. 7.

Engagements: Pearl Harbor, Dec 7, 1941; Invasion of Bougainville, Nov 1, 1943; Gilberts and Marshalls Operations, Feb 1-24, 1944; Battle of Guam, Jul 21 to Aug 10, 1944; Raids on Tinian, Saipan, Guam, June 11-14, 1944; Saipan Invasion, Jun 15 to Jul 9, 1944

Hospitalized Overseas: 1 month for checkup after Pearl Harbor

Medals-Ribbons: Good Conduct, American Defense, Philippine Liberation, Asiatic-Pacific

Returned to US: Philadelphia, PA on Oct 17, 1945

Discharged: Minneapolis, MN. Rating: C.G.M.

Months in Service: In US, 1 month before war, 4 months during war; overseas 44 mos.

Aboard USS Arizona, Dec 7, 1941. On boarding party which boarded Japanese hospital ship on Jul 4, 1944, which was getting wounded at Wake Island. On USS Murray (DD576) when it was torpedoed at Okinawa on Mar 25, 1944. Boarded Japanese submarine which had surrendered when peace was in sight, Aug 1, 1945. Received a commendation for outstanding service when ship was damaged.

Present Occupation: US Army.

Veteran data included here was generously provided by the American Legion Kubik-Finch Post #142, Traer, IA; data gathered by the Legion about 1949.)


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