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|43k||Edward Munroe Bates, Jr. was born on 19 September 1919 at Philadelphia, Penn. to Edward Munroe Bates, Sr., and Elizabeth Bates. He grew up in Philadelphia with his two
brothers, Robert and Peter Bates. While residing in Great Neck, Long Island, he enlisted in the Naval Reserve on 12 July 1940 at New York City as an apprentice seaman. Following active
duty training on board USS Wyoming (BB 32), Bates received an appointment as a midshipman on 10 August 1940. Commissioned ensign on 14 November 1940, he was assigned to
USS Arizona (BB 39), reporting to that battleship on 01 December. Ultimately, Bates served as a junior watch and division officer in the ship’s F Division. On board when
the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor on 07 December 1941, Bates was numbered with the dead in the destruction of Arizona that morning. His body was unrecoverable, and he is memorialized
on the Tablets of the Missing at The National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, also known as the Punch Bowl, in Honolulu, Hawaii.
USS Bates (DE 68) (1943-1945) was the first ship to be named in his honor.
(Photo from the web site: Honor States)
DE / FF / LCS Archive
|809k||16 August 1943: Hingham, Mass. - The future USS Bates (DE 68) and an unidentified sister at the fitting out pier of the Bethlehem Steel-Hingham Shipyard
(Source: Bethlehem Hingham Shipyard)
Port Angeles, Wash.
|39k||crew portrait||Carolyn Hooper|
|115k||undated wartime image||Don Scott|
|133k||Two views of the undated wartime image which was given to crewmembers as a remembrance of their service. Many ships gave a ship portrait like this one to crewmembers.
(Top photo from Randy's Dad, a wartime crewmember)
|308k||Chin Yu Chu|
South East Asia
|View the USS Bates (DE 68 / APD 47) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.|
|View the last official War Diary entry of USS Bates as submitted by the ship on 31 May 1945.|
|Bates' Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
|Dates of Command||Commanding Officers|
|1.) 12 Sep. 1943 - 05 May 1944||Lcdr. Eugene Hugh Maher, USNR (Comm. CO) (Ogden, Utah)|
|2.) 05 May 1944 - 25 May 1945||Lcdr. Henry Albert Wilmerding Jr., USNR (CO at ship's loss) (Oyster Bay, N.Y.)|
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