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Freeman Paquet, Jr.

Freeman Paquet, Jr.

 Navy CrossPurple Heart

Rank/Rate Gunner's Mate, First Class
Service Number 207 19 61
Birth Date August 10, 1919
From Milford, Connecticut
Decorations Navy Cross, Purple Heart
Submarine USS Harder (SS-257)
Loss Date August 24, 1944
Location Off Caiman Point near Bataan, RPI
Circumstances Probably sunk by depth charge attack
Remarks
Navy Cross Citation:

The Navy Cross is presented to Freeman Paquet (2071961),
Gunner's Mate First Class, U.S. Navy, for gallantry and
intrepidity in action while serving aboard the U.S.S. HARDER
(SS-257) on the Fourth War Patrol of that submarine during the
period 29 March 1944 to 20 April 1944, in enemy controlled waters
of the Pacific Area. On 1 April 1944, during that war patrol,
Gunner's Mate First Class Paquet served as a member of a volunteer
rescue team dispatched from the HARDER to an enemy held island
to rescue a naval aviator whose plane had been shot down. Although
fully aware that unforeseen circumstance might result in the forced
abandonment of the entire party, Gunner's Mate First Class Paquet
courageously fought his way through the breakers and a coral reef
despite dangerous hostile sniper fire and locating the exhausted
aviator, succeeded in bringing him back to Harder. His conduct
throughout this action reflects great credit upon himself, and was in
keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

Paquet Hall on the (former) U.S. Submarine Base in Pearl Harbor
was named in his memory.

 

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