Harold John Mack

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Harold John Mack
Born 29 December 1917
LeMars, Iowa
Died August 10, 1943(1943-08-10)
at sea, near Savo Island
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Navy
Years of service 1938–1943
Rank Gunner’s Mate second class
Unit USS Vincennes (CA-44)
Battles/wars World War II
*Battle of Savo Island
Awards Navy Cross (posthumous)

Gunner's Mate Second Class Harold John Mack was a posthumous recipient of the Navy Cross.

Navy career[edit]

Mack was born December 29, 1917 in LeMars, Iowa. He enlisted in the United States Navy on May 18, 1938. He reported to USS Vincennes (CA-44) on September 14, 1938 after completing training at Great Lakes, Illinois.

Awarded the Navy Cross[edit]

During action against Japanese forces off Savo Island August 9, 1942, Gunner's Mate 2/c Mack was incapacitated by severe wounds in both legs. In spite of his injuries he continued to fulfill his duties as gun captain until ordered to abandon ship. After the loss of the ship, Mack was reported missing in action and was declared dead on August 10, 1943. For his "for extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty in action against the enemy" Mack was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross.


USS Mack (DE-358) was named in his honor. She was launched 11 April 1944 by Consolidated Steel Corp., Shipbuilding Division, Orange, Texas; sponsored by Mrs. Gertrude Mack, mother of Harold John Mack, and commissioned August 16, 1944 with Lt. Cmdr. J. F. Nelson, USNR, in command.

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This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships.