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Tomas Rosete

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 Purple Heart

Rank/Rate Chief Cook
Service Number 497 52 84
Birth Date December 21, 1899
From Agno, Pangasinan, Philippine Islands
Decorations Purple Heart
Submarine USS Seawolf (SS-197)
Loss Date October 3, 1944
Location North of Morotai, between PI and Indonesia
Circumstances Sunk in error by USS Rowell
Remarks Some sources fail to list Tomas aboard Seawolf on her final patrol.  However, Seawolf's sailing list of 1 August 1944 and official letters in his personnel file confirm that he was lost with his shipmates in October 1944.

Tomas was a seasoned veteran and a highly respected submariner, as evident from this statement by his commanding officer:

"4-7-42 Commended at CAPTAIN'S MERITORIOUS MAST for meritorious conduct displayed on the occasions of U.S.S. SEAWOLF's engagements with Japanese forces on February 19, February 25, March 31 and April 1, 1942.  Rosete's conduct during the resulting severe depth charging on each occasion was exemplary and in keeping with the highest traditions of the naval service."

[signed] F. B. WARDER, Lieut. Comdr., U.S.N., Comdg.


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