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Bernard Thomas Williams
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Birth: Dec. 23, 1921
Death: Nov. 1, 1943

Ship's Cook 1st Class, Bernard T. Williams MIA/KIA
Hometown: St. Louis, Missouri
Ship: USS Dorado (SS-248)
Service # 6180611
Awards: American Campaign Medal
Captain: Lt. Comander Earle Caffrey Schneider

Mission: Transfer Mission
Mission Date: on or about 14-Oct-42
Location: Caribbean sea Off The coast of Panama
Cause: Unclear Sunk, possibly by German mine or U.S. aircraft
Complement: 6 officers, 54 enlisted

Ship's Cook or Seaman Williams was lost with the crew of Dorado approximately on October 14 1942 and was officially declared KIA October 13 1942. He appears Tablets of the Missing East Coast Memorial Manhattan New York New York. His memorial at
Fort Logan National Cemetery Denver Colorado is a cenotaph his body was never recovered.

Keel was laid down on 27 August 1942 by the Electric Boat Company of Groton, Connecticut. She was launched on 23 May 1943 (sponsored by Mrs. Ezra G. Allen), and commissioned on 28 August 1943. Dorado's sea trials proved the readiness of the crew, and she sailed from New London, Connecticut, on 6 October 1943 for the Panama Canal Zone. She did not arrive.

The standard practice of imposing bombing restrictions within an area 50 nmi (93 km) ahead, 100 nmi (190 km) astern, and 15 nmi (28 km) on each side of the scheduled position of an unescorted submarine making passage in friendly waters had been carried out and all concerned had been notified. However, the crew of a PBM Mariner of Patrol Squadron 210 out of Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, assigned to provide air coverage on the evening of 12 October had received an incorrect description of the restriction area, and is believed to have mistakenly attacked the USS Dorado with depth charges. The PBM crew insisted that their attacks were made on enemy U Boats. On 8 October, five miles off Colón Panama, U-214 laid a minefield of 15 mines. One of these may have sunk the US Navy submarine Dorado on or about 14 October.

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Fort Logan National Cemetery
Denver County
Colorado, USA
Plot: MA, 0, 123
Maintained by: John Dowdy
Originally Created by: US Veterans Affairs Offi...
Record added: Feb 26, 2000
Find A Grave Memorial# 1324437
Bernard Thomas Williams
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