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Birthdate & Date of Loss

Date of birth: January 23, 1918
Date of death: February 4, 1945
Age: 27

Lucky Bag

1939 Goodman LB.jpg

From the 1939 Lucky Bag:



Goody, Layton, Benny

Goody has spent his whole life in a real Navy atmosphere. He gave up a career in medicine in favor of salt water, his first love. He laid his course through four years at the Academy and followed it in spite of all the uncharted rocks and shoals which the Steam Department threw in his path. He has never been a star man, but he's kept one jump ahead ot the crowd by determined plugging. Layton spends his spare time with his camera or fiddle, or encouraging a man twice his size to "rassle" with him. Generous and conscientious, it is obvious that he hails from below the Mason-Dixon line. If the Navy ever loses Goodman, it will lose just that — a good man. He's "fine people."

Baseball Manager 4, 3, 2, 1; Battalion Wrestling 3, 2; Orchestra 4, 3, 2, 1; Musical Club Show 4, 3, 2, 1; Choir 4, 3, 2, 1; 1 P.O.


Claude was lost when USS Barbel (SS 316) was sunk by Japanese aircraft off Palawan on February 4, 1945.

His mother was listed as next of kin.

Silver Star

From Hall of Valor:

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Lieutenant Commander Claude Layton Goodman, Jr. (NSN: 0-82535), United States Navy, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action in the performance of his duties as Assistant Approach Officer of the U.S.S. BARBEL (SS-316), during the FIRST War Patrol of that Submarine from 15 July 1944 to 21 August 1944. His ability to furnish his Commanding Officer with a continued flow of valuable information contributed directly to the sinking of four enemy ships totaling 32,900 tons and damaging an additional enemy ship of 8,500 tons. His efficiency and coolness during severe enemy countermeasures greatly assisted his ship in conducting successful evasive tactics. His conduct throughout was an inspiration to the officers and men in his ship and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

General Orders: Commander in Chief Pacific: Serial 07434 (December 10, 1944
Action Date: July 15 - August 21, 1944
Service: Navy
Rank: Lieutenant Commander
Company: Assistant Approach Officer
Division: U.S.S. Barbel (SS-316)

He was also recorded as twice receiving the Bronze Star medal; unable to find a citation.

Class Navigation

Class of 1939
Claude is one of 75 members of the Class of 1939 in Memorial Hall.
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