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 Wesley Craig Bales

Wesley Craig Bales

Birth
Chula, Livingston County, Missouri, USA
Death 30 Nov 1942 (aged 24)
Solomon Islands
Burial Mabton, Yakima County, Washington, USA
Memorial ID 19555038 · View Source
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E F2C U.S.N.R WWII
Served on the USS Pensacola

Here is an account of the Battle Wesley and Ralph Bales were both aboard the Pensacola Ralph Survived. :

In early Nov 1942, Pensacola guarded transports landing Marines on Guadalcanal. At Guadalcanal, she participated in the First Naval Battle of Guadalcanal on 13 Nov and the Battle of Tassafaronga on 30 Nov. In the latter action, among heavy gunfire, she was struck by two torpedoes, causing heavy damage. The torpedoes struck on the port side, flooding her engine room and ripping open the oil tanks, but she continued to fire the guns that remained functional. Despite the heavy damage, the damage control crew of Pensacola saved the ship, pulling into port at Tulagi while still aflame. 125 were killed and 68 injured at the end of the battle. After emergency repairs at Tulagi and Espiritu Santo, she arrived at Pearl Harbor on 27 Jan 1943 to receive proper repairs.


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F2C, US NAVY WORLD WAR II


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  • Created by: julia knight
  • Added: 27 May 2007
  • Find A Grave Memorial 19555038
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Wesley Craig Bales (18 Jan 1918–30 Nov 1942), Find A Grave Memorial no. 19555038, citing Mabton Cemetery, Mabton, Yakima County, Washington, USA ; Maintained by julia knight (contributor 46837777) .