USS Thatcher
DD 514 (Fletcher class)

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Builder:        Bath Iron Works, Bath Me.
Laid Down:  	June 29, 1942
Launched:       December 6, 1942
Commissioned:  	February 10, 1943
Decommissioned: November 18, 1945
Fate:           Heavily Damaged by Japanese Kamikaze 
                Aircraft 7/19/45 off Okinawa; sold 
                1/23/48 and scrapped

We are seeking information on the USS Thatcher and her crews. Files and photos may be E-mailed to us and we will incorporate them into these pages.


The E-Mail:

12/7/06:

My deceased father was a pharmacists mate (Navy medic) on the U.S.S. Thatcher. Growing up I recall him mentioning consistently how his ship was hit by Kamikazi.

I'm on the hunt to learn more about my Dad's WWII experience...how it shaped him as a man...the net effect of the war.

I have in my possession copies of his bootcamp graduation class at Great Lakes in 1942 and then his Pharmacists Mate Graduation class (with the names of his classmates written on the back). His name was Donald M. Simon from Sioux Rapids, Iowa.

Does anyone know anything about my Dad?

Glenn W. Simon
glennwsimon@gmail.com

Many Thanks to NavSource



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