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GM1 William Horace Corey

GM1 William Horace Corey

Death 13 Jun 1943
At Sea
Burial Manhattan, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
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Son of Mrs. Mabel Louise Corey who resided in East Williston, New York.

William served as a Gunner's Mate First Class, U.S.C.G.C. Escanaba (WPG-77), U.S. Coast Guard, during World War II.

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

On June 10, 1943 the Escanaba began escorting her last convoy, GS-24 from Narsarssuak to St. John's, Newfoundland, in company with the Mojave (Flag), Tampa, Storis, and Algonquin. The vessels they were tasked to escort were USAT Fairfax and the tug USS Raritan.

On June 13th the Escanaba apparently hit a mine causing her to sink very quickly. Out of the crew of 105 only 2 survivors were rescued, Boatswain's Mate 2nd Class Melvin A. Baldwin and Seaman 1st Class Raymond F. O'Malley, Jr. The remains of Executive Officer Lt. Robert Henry Prause, Jr were also found.

William was declared "Missing In Action" when the Escanaba sunk.

He was awarded the Purple Heart.

Service # 224094

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Historical Note:

The U.S.C.G.C. Escanaba (WPG-77), on February 3, 1943, participated in the rescue of the survivors of the S.S. Dorchester, which had been torpedoed by a German submarine.

The rescue was marked by the Escanaba's historic first use of rescue swimmers clad in survival suits to aid survivors who were too weakened by shock or hypothermia in the icy water to pull themselves up cargo nets or sea ladders to the safety and warmth of rescuers' ships, or even to hold on to ropes cast to them from the rescue vessel.

By way of the lines the rescue swimmers tied around those who were having trouble helping themselves, many struggling survivors who, debilitated by the cold, would have otherwise been consigned to a watery grave were able to be hauled aboard the Escanaba by crewmen on deck.

( Bio by: Russ Pickett )




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  • Added: 6 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 56117621
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for GM1 William Horace Corey (unknown–13 Jun 1943), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56117621, citing East Coast Memorial, Manhattan, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA ; Maintained by Russ Pickett (contributor 46575736) .