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Harold John Mack
Born 29 December 1917
Died August 10, 1943(1943-08-10)
Place of birth LeMars, Iowa
Place of death at sea, near Savo Island
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Navy
Years of service 1938–1943
Rank Gunner’s Mate second class
Unit USS Vincennes (CA-44)
Battles/wars World War II
*Battle of Savo Island
Awards Navy Cross (posthumous)

Harold John Mack was born 29 December in LeMars, Iowa.

Navy careerEdit

Mack enlisted in the Navy 18 May 1938 and reported to USS Vincennes (CA-44) on 14 September 1938 after completion of training at Great Lakes, Illinois.

Awarded the Navy CrossEdit

During action against the Japanese forces off Savo Island 9 August 1942, Gunner's Mate 2/c Mack was incapacitated by severe wounds in both legs. In spite of his injuries he continued to fulfill his duties as gun captain until ordered to abandon ship. After the loss of the ship, Mack was reported missing in action and was declared dead on 10 August 1943. For his "courageous fighting spirit" and heroism Mack was awarded the Navy Cross posthumously.

NamesakeEdit

USS Mack (DE-358) was named in his honour. She was launched 11 April 1944 by Consolidated Steel Corp., Shipbuilding Division, Orange, Texas; sponsored by Mrs. Gertrude Mack, mother of Harold John Mack, GM2/c and commissioned 16 August 1944, Lt. Cmdr. J. F. Nelson, USNR, in command.

ReferencesEdit

This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships.

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