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WAYNE  PICKELS  (768-1988)
United States Navy, DE Sailor
USS PILLSBURY

 

WAYNE PICKELS was one of the boarding party that stormed aboard U-505 that historic day of 4 June 1944.  It was the first time the United States Navy had boarded and captured an enemy Man-O-War on the high seas since the USN captured HMS PEACOCK in the Sunda Straits in 1815!  With pistol in hand, WAYNE was one of eight to rush below decks to fight it out with any of the German crew who remained aboard.  There were no more aboard, and U-505 was theirs.  WAYNE was decorated with the Silver Star for this action.
                             

WAYNE served ten years on our Sharkhunters Advisory Board and you can see the Board Members by clicking here    TO THE ADVISORS PAGE 
 


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