BAGBY, Walter Franklin - SF3/c USN - Missouri

Walter Franklin Bagby SF3c

Walter Franklin Bagby SF3c

Walter Franklin Bagby

Shipfitter Third Class

  • Branch: United States Navy
  • Service Number: 342 20 85
  • Rate: SF3/c (Shipfitter Third Class)
  • Duties: Use hand and machine tools for steel metal work. Bend, repair and fit pipes. Operate fire extinguishers and rescue breathing apparatus.
  • Enlisted: 25 March 1940
  • Place: Kansas City, Missouri
  • Onboard USS Arizona: 12 July 1940
  • From: NTS Great Lakes via USS Maryland / RS San Francisco
  • Transferred from USS Solace (Hospital Ship): 11 December 1941
  • To: Rec. Barracks Pearl Harbor
  • Onboard USS New Orleans: 11 December 1941
  • From: USS Arizona
  • Change of Rate: to SF2/c - 1 April 1942
  • Reported Missing: 30 November 1942
  • From: USS New Orleans
  • Date of Birth: Abt 1916
  • Place of Birth: Missouri
  • Date of Death: 30 November 1942

Walter Franklin Bagby was reported missing 30 November 1942 during the Battle of Tassafaronga, Guadalcanal. USN officially declared him dead 1 December 1943. He was awarded the Purple Heart posthumously. He is listed on the Memorial Tablets of the Missing, Fort William McKinley, Manila, the Philippines.

Statement Regarding Attack on USS Arizona 7 December 1941 given 17 December 1941: "I was at my battle station in D-504 when the first explosion came, and then the smoke got so bad that I couldn't breathe, then I went down into D-311 to try and get a gas mask, but I couldn't get in. Then I came up to top side through the warrant officers hatch on the port side. Then I swam over to the key and the Solace rescue party picked me up." (Note: USS Arizona muster dated 31 December 1941 shows him listed as missing. The Solace report of changes shows he was onboard Solace 7 December 1941. Obviously a confusing time for all.)

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