Charles Russell Boone

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Service - US Navy, USS Growler (Submarine)
Rank - Chief Motor Machinist's Mate
Born - 5 August 1918
Died - 8 November 1944 - MIA
Buried - Memorialized on the Tablets of the Missing at Manila American Cemetery, Manila, Philippines
Awards - Purple Heart
Township - St. Mary’s, Auburn Community

Charles Russell Boone was a Submariner and assigned to the Growler. The Sub’s 11th and final war patrol began out of Fremantle, Australia 20 October 1944 in a wolf pack with Subs Hake and Hardhead. On 8 November the wolf pack, again headed by Growler, closed on a Japanese convoy for attack, with Growler on the opposite side of the enemy from Hake and Hardhead. The order to commence attacking was the last communication ever received from Growler. After the attack was underway, Hake and Hardhead heard what sounded like a torpedo explosion and then a series of depth charges on Growler’s side of the convoy, and then nothing. All efforts to contact Growler for the next three days proved futile, and the gallant submarine, veteran of seven successful war patrols, was listed as lost in action against the enemy, cause unknown. Possibly she was sunk by one of her own torpedoes, but it is probable that the convoy’s escort, destroyer Shigure, and Kaibokan (frigates) Chiburi and CD-19 sank her. All Submariners on the Growler were lost at sea. Growler received eight battle stars for service in World War II.

A memorial marker at Mt. Moriah Baptist Church Cemetery in Auburn, NC is engraved with the following: “In Memoriam, Sons, Douglas Judd Boone b. 29 April 1910 d. 25 Feb. 1945 and Charles Russell Boone, b. 5 Aug. 1918 d. 8 Nov. 1944, Lost in Pacific during World War II.” His parents were David Alonzo Boone and Maude Estelle Rogers Boone and his brother, Douglas Judd Boone, was in the Navy as well. See his entry for more info.

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