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Herbert Fulmer, Jr. '33

Date of birth: June 14, 1912

Date of death: January 21, 1945

Age: 32

Lucky Bag

From the 1933 Lucky Bag:

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HERBERT SAMUEL FULMER, JR.

St. Louis, Missouri

"Herb"

Herb hails from that famed old city in the center of our United States, the home of Budweiser. When one hears him carry on about the Cards, and their standing in the National League, there is no further doubt as to his podunk.

The environment of time spent in following the fistic game, while a "young feller," came to the front during his Youngster Year, and he succeeded in annexing an intercollegiate crown for his Alma Mater after three grand victories. At present, his ambition of carrying on to higher laurels in the sport is coupled with a desire to do some high flying before settling down.

Loves? Yes, as regular as the weeks come and go. Although he sinks before the scintillating gaze of a flaxen haired femme, red heads are held high in his esteem.

Regulations were the least of this tow head's worries. As a result, he has had his troubles with the Executive Department. Not a black "N" man, to be sure, but if there was such, he would be five striper of that famed organization, the escorters of Miss Springfield.

Herb is a chip off the old block—and what a block (from one who knows); and you can bet your bottom dollar that he will be batting 1000 when success comes sailing along his way.

Boxing 4, 3, 2; Track 4; 2 P.O.

1933 Fulmer LB.jpg

HERBERT SAMUEL FULMER, JR.

St. Louis, Missouri

"Herb"

Herb hails from that famed old city in the center of our United States, the home of Budweiser. When one hears him carry on about the Cards, and their standing in the National League, there is no further doubt as to his podunk.

The environment of time spent in following the fistic game, while a "young feller," came to the front during his Youngster Year, and he succeeded in annexing an intercollegiate crown for his Alma Mater after three grand victories. At present, his ambition of carrying on to higher laurels in the sport is coupled with a desire to do some high flying before settling down.

Loves? Yes, as regular as the weeks come and go. Although he sinks before the scintillating gaze of a flaxen haired femme, red heads are held high in his esteem.

Regulations were the least of this tow head's worries. As a result, he has had his troubles with the Executive Department. Not a black "N" man, to be sure, but if there was such, he would be five striper of that famed organization, the escorters of Miss Springfield.

Herb is a chip off the old block—and what a block (from one who knows); and you can bet your bottom dollar that he will be batting 1000 when success comes sailing along his way.

Boxing 4, 3, 2; Track 4; 2 P.O.

Loss

Herb was lost when USS Ticonderoga (CV 14) was struck by a kamikaze on January 21, 1945 while operating off Formosa. He was the ship's gunnery officer and earned a Navy Cross (below) for this action.

His wife was listed as next of kin.

Navy Cross

From Hall of Valor:

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Commander Herbert Samuel Fulmer, Jr. (NSN: 0-72576), United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism as Gunnery Officer of the U.S.S. TICONDEROGA (CV-14), in action against enemy Japanese forces at Formosa on 21 January 1945. When the ship was under a heavy enemy air attack, Commander Fulmer left the protection of his battle station and, accompanied by two CIC phone talkers, went to an exposed position forward on a catwalk which nearly surrounded the island where he directed effective counterfire which resulted in the shooting down of three hostile aircraft. As the second suicide plane bore down on the ship, he still refused to seek the comparative safety of his battle station in order to fight his guns. Bravely remaining at his dangerous post, he maintained fire from the ship's guns until thrown overboard by the explosion when the Kamikaze crashed his station. By his fortitude and indomitable spirit, he inspired others to heroic effort in defending the TICONDEROGA. His courageous devotion to duty throughout this perilous action reflects the highest credit on Commander Fulmer and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

General Orders: Board Serial 2649 (September 20, 1948)
Action Date: January 21, 1945
Service: Navy
Rank: Commander
Division: U.S.S. Ticonderoga (CV-14)


Class of 1933

Herbert is one of 37 members of the Class of 1933 on Virtual Memorial Hall.

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