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William Edward Ballou

William Edward Ballou

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Rank/Rate Chief Electricianís Mate
Service Number 265 55 59
Birth Date April 28, 1911
From Roanoke, Virginia
Decorations Silver Star, Bronze Star, Purple Heart
Submarine USS Triton (SS-201)
Loss Date March 15, 1943
Location Between Rabaul and Shortlands Basin
Circumstances Probably sunk by depth charge attack

The former Engineering Building at the Submarine School in New London, Connecticut, was named "Ballou Hall" in his honor.

Silver Star Citation: The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Chief Engineman William Edward Ballou (NSN: 2655554), United States Navy, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy during four successive War Patrols of the U.S.S. TRITON (SS-201). Because of his courage and skill his boat was able to maintain the highest standard of effectiveness and inflict serious damage to the enemy. One time, while an approach was being made on an enemy periscope during August 1942, in close proximity to an enemy controlled coast, his quick thinking directly assisted the diving officer in avoiding damage to the TRITON when the sound operator reported a torpedo fired at his vessel. His conduct throughout was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.



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