||Chief Torpedomanís Mate
||380 63 06
||December 3, 1909
||Silver Star, Bronze Star, Purple Heart
||USS Tang (SS-306)
||October 25, 1944
||North end of Formosa Strait
||Sunk by circular run of own torpedo
William was born in Los Angeles, California.
His birth date is listed as
December 3, 1908 in some sources.
Silver Star Citation: The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Chief Torpedoman's Mate William F. Ballinger (NSN: 3806306), United States Navy, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action in the performance of his duties as "Chief-of-the-Boat" in the U.S.S. TANG (SS-306), during the FOURTH War Patrol of that Submarine from 31 July 1944 to 3 September 1944. His exceptional skill and ability in maintaining a high degree of efficiency in the control room contributed directly to the success of his vessel in sinking five enemy ships totaling 22,500 tons and damaging an additional enemy ship of 4,000 tons; and, in a gun engagement, the severe damaging of a 100-ton patrol vessel. His efficiency and coolness contributed directly to the success of his vessel in evading severe enemy counterattacks, sometimes in very shallow waters. His conduct throughout was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Photo courtesy of Jack Jones, MSgt (ret), USAF, grandnephew.
Information courtesy of Paul W. Wittmer.
Pre-WWII Post-WWII Sources
Ballinger, William Franklin