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 George Edmund Bates

George Edmund Bates

New York, USA
Death 24 Apr 1945
At Sea
Burial Manhattan, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
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Memorial ID 56109238 · View Source
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Husband of Elva Mae Bates.

George served as a Fireman First Class, USS Frederick C. Davis (DE-136), U.S. Navy during World War II.

He resided in Endicott, Broome County, New York prior to the war.

George was declared "Missing In Action" when the Davis was torpedoed and sunk by German Submarine U-546 during the war and was awarded the Purple Heart.


Fireman 1st Class, George E. Bates MIA/KIA
Hometown: New York
Service # 8011244
Awards: Purple Heart,
Captain: Lt J.R. Crosby, USNR

Ship: USS Frederick C. Davis (DE 136)
Mission: operation Teardrop, a hunt for snorkel-equipped U-boats
Loss Date: 24-Apr-1945
Fate: Sunk by U-546 (Paul Just)
Location: 43° 52'N, 40° 15'W - Grid BC 95 North Atlantic
Complement: 195 officers and men (113 dead and 82 survivors).

Notes on event
USS Frederick C. Davis (DE 136) was participating in the operation Teardrop, a hunt for snorkel-equipped U-boats in the Western Atlantic and was part of the 4th Escort Division, which screened the escort carrier USS Bogue (CVE 9) in the Southern Surface Barrier.

On 24 Apr, 1945, U-546 discovered USS Bogue about 570 miles east-southeast of Cape Race and tried to attack on periscope depth, but USS Frederick C. Davis discovered the U-boat and prepared herself for an attack. At this moment a Gnat struck forward on the port side. The ship broke in two and sank quickly with the bow and stern raising into the air. The crew abandoned ship and were picked up within three hours by the other escort destroyers of the Division, after they had sunk U-546.

Visit the virtual cemetery of the USS Frederick C. Davis

Gravesite Details Entered the service from New York.




  • Maintained by: Russ Pickett
  • Originally Created by: CWGC/ABMC
  • Added: 6 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 56109238
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for George Edmund Bates (unknown–24 Apr 1945), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56109238, citing East Coast Memorial, Manhattan, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA ; Maintained by Russ Pickett (contributor 46575736) .