MM3 William Wilson Hastings

MM3 William Wilson Hastings

Berlin, Somerset County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 17 Sep 1943 (aged 22)
At Sea
Cenotaph Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii, USA

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Having actually gone "Missing" on the above date, he was not officially declared by the military as being dead until January 4, 1946.

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William served as a Machinist's Mate Third Class, U.S.S. Pompano (SS-181), U.S. Navy during World War II.

He resided in Delaware prior to the war. He enlisted in the Navy on April 11, 1942 in Wilmington, Delaware.

The U.S.S. Pompano left Midway on August 20, 1943, bound for Hokkaidō and Honshū. She was never heard from again, and when she failed to return, was presumed lost.

The Pompano reportedly torpedoed and sank two Japanese ships, the Akama Maru on September 3, 1943 and the Taiko Maru on September 25, 1943.

It was later discovered that the Taiko Maru was in fact sunk by the U.S.S. Wahoo (SS-238) and not the Pompano.

The Japanese military records indicated that a U.S. Submarine was sunk on September 17, 1943 by an air attack off the Aomori Prefecture near Shiriya Zaki. Though we cannot be certain the boat was actually sunk here, it must be taken into consideration since it can only have been directed against Pompano as this is within her patrol area and as there were no other submarines operating in that area.

William was declared "Missing In Action" in this sinking.

He was awarded a Purple Heart.

William was the only Delawarean on the Pompano.

Service # 7225610

Husband of Doris G. Hastings who resided in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

The Pompano received seven battle stars for service in World War II.

( Bio by: Russ Pickett )


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