Darrell Wininger

BRANCH OF SERVICE
U.S. Navy

HOMETOWN
Paoli, IN

HONORED BY
Grateful American

ACTIVITY DURING WWII

ENLISTED ON 22 APRIL 1938 AT LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY. REPORTED ABOARD THE USS BOISE CL-47, A BROOKLYN CLASS LIGHT CRUISER, ON 12 AUGUST 1938 IN THE PACIFIC FLEET. 8 DECEMBER 1941 OFF THE COAST OF CEBU IN THE PHILIPPINE ISLANDS. 9 JANUARY 1942 ASSIGNED TO TASK FORCE 5 IN NORTHERN AUSTRALIAN WATERS. 21 JANUARY 1942 STRUCK AN UNCHARTED SHOAL AND RETURNED TO MARE ISLAND SHIPYARD, CALIFORNIA. RETURNED TO THE PACIFIC ON 5 AUGUST 1942 OPERATING 750 MILES EAST OF TOKYO, JAPAN RAIDING SAMPAN PATROL LINES. 12 OCTOBER 1942 BATTLE OF CAPE ESPERANCE, THE SHIP WAS HIT FROM JAPANESE SHIPS BETWEEN TURRETS 1 AND 2 IN THE 6 INCH SHELL MAGAZINE SEVERALLY DAMAGING THE SHIP AND LOSS OF PERSONNEL. RETURNED TO PHILADELPHIA NAVY YARD FOR REPAIRS AND UPDATE OF EQUIPMENT. 23 MAY 1943 ASSIGNED TO THE COMMISSIONING CREW OF THE USS NEW JERSEY BB-62, AN IOWA CLASS FAST BATTLESHIP. RETIRED WITH THE RANK OF CHIEF WARRANT OFFICER 4.