||Fireman, First Class
||376 13 99
||December 19, 1920
||Purple Heart, Prisoner of War Medal
||USS Sculpin (SS-191)
||November 19, 1943
||North of Oroluk Island near Truk
by Japanese destroyer
||Bill was born in Delano, California. His
middle name is listed as "Clifton," and his rating as "Machinist's Mate, Third Class," in some sources.
Bill survived the sinking of his boat, but was killed while
being transported aboard Chuyo from Truk
to Japan when it was sunk by USS Sailfish on
December 4, 1943.
that most sources mistakenly spell the island's name"Groluk."
Photo and information courtesy of Paul W. Wittmer.
Pre-WWII Post-WWII Sources
Brannum, Bill Clinton
Brannum, Bill Clifton