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Herbert Andrew Calcaterra

Herbert Andrew Calcaterra


Rank/Rate Motor Machinistís Mate, First Class
Service Number 376 00 59
Birth Date April 7, 1920
From Escalon, California
Decorations Silver Star, Purple Heart
Submarine USS Pompano (SS-181)
Loss Date September 4, 1942
Location Enroute to Midway
Circumstances Killed while manning 3 inch deck gun

USS Calcaterra (DE-390) was named in his honor.

Silver Star Citation: The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Motor Machinist's Mate First Class Herbert Andrew Calcaterra (NSN: 3760059), United States Navy, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity as member of a 3-inch gun crew aboard the U.S.S. POMPANO (SS-181) during action against an armed enemy patrol ship on 4 September 1942. Remaining at his exposed station in the face of hostile machine-gun fire, Motor Machinist's Mate First Class Calcaterra, with cool courage and utter disregard for his own personal safety, manned his gun until, after the first thirteen minutes of action, he was fatally wounded. His heroic devotion to duty, maintained at great risk in the face of grave danger, was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.



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