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Harry Woodworth '38

Date of birth: November 19, 1915

Date of death: February 29, 1944

Age: 28

Lucky Bag

From the 1938 Lucky Bag:


Harry was lost when USS Trout (SS 202) was sunk, probably by depth charge attack, on February 29, 1944. He was the boat's executive officer, and had been aboard for each of Trout's 11 war patrols.

His wife was listed as next of kin.

Silver Star

From Hall of Valor:

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star (Army Award) to Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Harry Eades Woodworth, United States Navy, for gallantry in action and participation in the accomplishment of an unusual and hazardous mission for the War Department in enemy-controlled waters during January - March 1942, while a member of the crew of the U.S.S. TROUT (SS-202). Carrying a heavy load of anti-aircraft ammunition urgently needed by the beleaguered forces of General Douglas MacArthur in the Philippine Islands, the U.S.S. TROUT departed from Pearl Harbor, Territory of Hawaii, for Corregidor Island, Manila Bay, at 0900 on 12 January 1942, refueling at Midway Island on 16 January 1942. The U.S.S. TROUT proceeded on the surface until 21 January, traveling submerged thereafter during daylight hours. At 0230 on 27 January 1942, an unsuccessful night attack was made on a lighted vessel, resulting in the U.S.S. TROUT being chased by the vessel at such speed as to for the TROUT to dive in order to escape. On 3 February 1942, after dark, the TROUT made rendezvous off Corregidor with an escort motor torpedo boat. The TROUT then followed the escort at high speed through a winding passage in a mine field to South Dock, Corregidor Island, where she unloaded 3500 rounds of anti-aircraft artillery ammunition for the Army Forces defending Bataan Peninsula and Corregidor. Twenty tons of gold and silver, securities, diplomatic and United States mail and two additional torpedoes were loaded on the TROUT for the return voyage. The TROUT cleared the Corregidor dock at 0300, 4 February and bottomed in Manila Bay during daylight on 4 February. Surfacing that night, additional securities and mail were loaded before the TROUT departed from Manila Bay through the mine field. On the return trip one enemy merchant vessel and one patrol vessel were attacked and sunk. The U.S.S. TROUT arrived at Pearl Harbor on 3 March 1942, after 51 days at sea.

General Orders: Headquarters, Hawaiian Department, U.S. Army, General Orders No. 39 (March 17, 1942)
Action Date: January 12 - March 3, 1942
Service: Navy
Rank: Lieutenant Junior Grade
Division: U.S.S. Trout (SS-202)

From Hall of Valor:

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting a Gold Star in lieu of a Second Award of the Silver Star to Lieutenant Harry Eades Woodworth (NSN: 0-81249), United States Navy, for gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy. While Gunnery Officer of the U.S.S. TROIUT (SS-202), during a successful surface engagement with an enemy tanker on 14 February 1943, Lieutenant Woodworth in the face of intensive enemy machine gun fire, through his coolness and presence of mind, eliminated a serious casualty, that of a projectile jammed in the bore of the deck gun, permitting a high rate of fire to be maintained. Despite numerous personnel casualties, he remained at his station and performed the additional duties as Gun Captain, First Loader, and Sight Setter until the enemy was destroyed. His exemplary courage, leadership, and determination were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

General Orders: Commander 7th Fleet: Serial 0938 (May 28, 1943)
Action Date: February 14, 1943
Service: Navy
Rank: Lieutenant
Company: Gunnery Officer
Division: U.S.S. Trout (SS-202)

From Hall of Valor:

SYNOPSIS: Lieutenant Commander Harry Eades Woodworth (NSN: 0-81249), United States Navy, was awarded a Second Gold Star in lieu of a Third Award of the Silver Star for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy during World War II.

Service: Navy
Rank: Lieutenant Commander
Division: U.S.S. Trout (SS-202)

Unable to find a citation for the Bronze Star Medal he was awarded.

Navy Directories & Officer Registers

The "Register of Commissioned and Warrant Officers of the United States Navy and Marine Corps" was published annually from 1815 through at least the 1970s; it provided rank, command or station, and occasionally billet until the beginning of World War II when command/station was no longer included. Scanned copies were reviewed and data entered from the mid-1840s through 1922, when more-frequent Navy Directories were available.

The Navy Directory was a publication that provided information on the command, billet, and rank of every active and retired naval officer. Single editions have been found online from January 1915 and March 1918, and then from three to six editions per year from 1923 through 1940; the final edition is from April 1941.

The entries in both series of documents are sometimes cryptic and confusing. They are often inconsistent, even within an edition, with the name of commands; this is especially true for aviation squadrons in the 1920s and early 1930s.

Alumni listed at the same command may or may not have had significant interactions; they could have shared a stateroom or workspace, stood many hours of watch together… or, especially at the larger commands, they might not have known each other at all. The information provides the opportunity to draw connections that are otherwise invisible, though, and gives a fuller view of the professional experiences of these alumni in Memorial Hall.

July 1938

Ensign, USS Nashville

Others at this command: CDR Theodore Chandler '15 and ENS Robert Seibels, Jr. '38

January 1939

Ensign, USS Nashville

Others at this command: CDR Theodore Chandler '15

October 1939

Ensign, USS Decatur

Others at or embarked at this command: LTjg James Bullock '33 (Destroyer Division 22)

June 1940

Ensign, under instruction, Submarine Base New London, Connecticut

Others at this command: CDR Cassin Young '16, LT George MacKenzie, Jr. '31, ENS Earl Cassidy '37, ENS Greer Duncan, Jr. '37, ENS John Miller '37, and ENS Roger Starks '38

Others at or embarked at this command: LTjg Robert Robertson '34 (Submarine Squadron 2, Submarine Base New London, Connecticut)

November 1940

Ensign, USS Trout

Others at this command: LTjg Albert Clark '33

April 1941

Ensign, USS Trout

Others at this command: LTjg Albert Clark '33

Class of 1938

Harry is one of 71 members of the Class of 1938 on Virtual Memorial Hall.

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