Eli Thomas Reich, USN

Born  20 Mar 1913New York, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
Died  30 Nov 1999(86)Alexandria, Alexandria City, Virginia, USA


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Ranks

1 Mar 1944 T/Cdr.
  Captain
  Rear-Admiral
  Vice-Admiral

Retired: 31 Oct 1973


Decorations

Jun/Jul 44 Navy Cross (1)
Aug/Sep 44 Navy Cross (1)
Oct/Dec 44 Navy Cross (1)

Warship Commands listed for Eli Thomas Reich, USN


ShipRankTypeFromTo
USS Sealion (ii) (315)T/Cdr.Submarine8 Mar 19444 Dec 1944
USS Compton (DD 705)T/Cdr.Destroyer7 Aug 1945Nov 1945

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Events related to this officer

Submarine USS Sealion (ii) (315)


17 May 1944
With her trials and initial training completed USS Sealion (ii) (Lt.Cdr. Eli Thomas Reich) arrived at Pearl Harbor.

8 Jun 1944
USS Sealion (ii) (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Reich) departed from Pearl Harbor for her 1st war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the East China and Yellow Seas.

12 Jun 1944
USS Sealion (ii) (Lt.Cdr. Eli Thomas Reich) refuels at Midway.

28 Jun 1944 (position 33.53, 129.01)
USS Sealion (ii) (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Reich) torpedoed and sank the Japanese collier Sansei Maru (2386 GRT) in Tsushima Strait in position 33°53'N, 129°01'E.

30 Jun 1944 (position 34.28, 125.21)
USS Sealion (ii) (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Reich) sank a Japanese sampan with gunfire in the East China Sea in position 34°28'N, 125°21'E.

6 Jul 1944 (position 29.55, 122.55)
USS Sealion (ii) (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Reich) torpedoed and sank the Japanese merchant passenger/cargo ship Setsuzan Maru (1922 GRT) off Ningpo, China in position 29°55'N, 122°55'E.

11 Jul 1944 (position 37.30, 124.34)
While operating in the Yellow Sea off the west coast of Korea, near Shosei Jima USS Sealion (ii) (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Reich) torpedoed and sank the Japanese merchant cargo ship Taiun Maru No.2 (1034 GRT, built 1911) in position 37°30'N, 124°34'E and the Japanese merchant cargo ship Tsukushi Maru No.2 (2417 GRT, built 1926) in position 37°24'N, 124°31'E.

21 Jul 1944
USS Sealion (ii) (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Reich) ended her 1st war patrol at Midway.

17 Aug 1944
USS Sealion (ii) (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Reich) departed from Midway for her 2nd war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the South China Sea.

31 Aug 1944 (position 21.05, 121.26)
USS Sealion (ii) (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Reich) torpedoed and sank the Japanese minelayer Shirataka (1345 tons, offsite link) in Luzon Strait south of Formosa in position 21°05'N, 121°26'E.

7 Sep 1944
USS Sealion (ii) (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Reich) takes on board additional fuel and torpedoes at Saipan.

12 Sep 1944 (position 18.42, 114.30)
USS Sealion (ii) (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Reich) torpedoed and sank the Japanese troop transport Nankai Maru (8416 GRT) and the Japanese merchant passenger/cargo ship Rakuyo Maru (9418 GRT) in the South China Sea, east of Hainan in position 18°42'N, 114°30'E.

The Rakuyo Maru had some 1300 Allied POW's on board. Only some 160 were rescued by US submarines.

30 Sep 1944
USS Sealion (ii) (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Reich) ended her 2nd war patrol at Pearl Harbor.

31 Oct 1944
USS Sealion (ii) (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Reich) departed from Pearl Harbor for her 3rd war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the East China Sea.

4 Nov 1944
USS Sealion (ii) (Lt.Cdr. Eli Thomas Reich) refuels at Midway.

21 Nov 1944 (position 26.07, 121.36)
USS Sealion (ii) (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Reich) torpedoed and sank the Japanese battleship Kongo (27500tons, offsite link) and the Japanese destroyer Urakaze (2035tons, offsite link) about 60 nautical miles north-north-west of Formosa in position 26°07'N, 121°36'E.

1 Dec 1944
USS Sealion (ii) (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Reich) ended her 3rd war patrol at Guam.


Destroyer USS Compton (DD 705)


28 Aug 1945
USS Compton enters Sagami Wan.


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