|Birth: ||Apr. 25, 1925|
|Death: ||May 6, 1946, At Sea|
USNR WORLD WAR II
Seaman 1st Class Charles J. Eckenrode MIA/KIA SS
Hometown: Carrolltown, Pennsylvania
Ship: USS Snook (SS-279)
Service # 6537149
Awards: Purple Heart, Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal, Submarine Combat Patrol Insignia
Captain: Commander John Franklin Walling MIA/KIA
Mission: 9th War Patrol
Mission Date: 9-Apr-45
Location: Near 18° 40' N x 110° 40' E
Crew: of 6 officers, 54 enlisted MIA/KIA
Snook was lost while conducting her ninth war patrol, in the South China Sea and Luzon Strait. On 8 April, she reported her position to submarine Tigrone (SS-419) and when she did not acknowledge messages sent from Tigrone the next day, it was presumed that she had headed toward Luzon Strait. On 12 April, she was ordered to take lifeguard station in the vicinity of Sakishima Gunto in support of British carrier air strikes. On 20 April, the commander of the British carrier task force reported that he had a plane down in Snook's assigned area, and that he could not contact the submarine by radio. Snook was ordered to search the area and to acknowledge the order. Snook was never heard from again and the circumstances of her loss were never determined. When she failed to make a transmission, submarine Bang (SS-385) was sent to make the search and rendezvous with Snook. Although Bang arrived and rescued the downed aviators, she saw no sign of the missing submarine; on 16 May, Snook was presumed lost due to unknown causes. It is believed that she was sunk by kaibokans Okinawa, CD-8, CD-32 and CD-52. It has also been suggested that Snook may have been lost in combat with one of five Japanese submarines were which also lost in April–May 1945. One candidate is Japanese submarine I-56.
Japanese records of anti-submarine attacks do not account for her sinking and she had been fully informed of the location of minefields in the Sakeshima Gunto area. It is possible that she was the victim of a Japanese submarine. Five Japanese submarines were lost in waters of the Nansei Shoto during April and May of 1945; one of these may have sunk Snook before its own sinking by United States warship
Snook was credited with sinking 17 enemy vessels in her two and one-half years of active service. She earned seven battle stars for World War II service.
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Note: Entered the service from Pennsylvania.
Manila American Cemetery and Memorial
National Capital Region, Philippines
Plot: Tablets of the Missing
Maintained by: John Dowdy
Originally Created by: CWGC/ABMC
Record added: Aug 08, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 56767233
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US Navy Reserves
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