Richard Craig Wannamaker
Palmetto Literary Society; Tri-County Club; Kappa Alpha Sigma Vice President; Junior Staff and Managing Editor of the “Agrarian” Agricultural Journal; Rifle Team
St. Matthews, South Carolina
Father - Duncan; Mother - Lucille; Siblings - Two Older Brothers.
Sep 9, 1917
Nov 6, 1944
Non Battle Death - Drowned during night amphibous training in Fort Pierce Florida
He was buried in Saint Pauls Cemetery Matthews
Richard Wannamaker may have been a member of the Navy Scouts. Before there were Navy SEALs or Underwater Demolition Teams (UDT) or Naval Combat Demolition Units (NCDU), there were Scouts and Raiders. Formed as a joint Army-Navy beach recon unit eight months after Pearl Harbor, the first S & R boat crews underwent intense training at Amphibious Training Base (ATB) Little Creek in Virginia before deploying to North Africa where they earned eight Navy Crosses. This was just the first of many wartime missions for the versatile Scouts and Raiders.
Extract : https://www.navyfrogmen.com/
Clemson TAPS 1940