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Akanowicz, Edward William

Rank and Name,Machinist’s Mate Third Class Edward William Akanowicz.

Unit/Placed in,USS Drexler (DD-571) Destroyer, United States Naval Reserve.


Edward is born on May 18, 1923 Allegheny County, Pennsylvania.


Father, Waklter Akanowicz.

Mother, Veronica Akanowicz.

Sister, Eleanor Akanowicz.

Brothers, Wallace, Leo and Robert Akanowicz.


Edward enlisted the service in Pennsylvania with service number # 6530703.


Edward was KIA when 2 Kamikaze’s attacked the USS Drexler and Sunk on May 28, 1945, he  is honored with a Purple Heart, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal and the WWII Victory Medal.


Edward is buried/mentioned at Honolulu Memorial, Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii, USA.

Courts of the missing.


Thanks to http://www.navsource.org/archives/05/741.htm Jean Louis Vijgen, ABMC,  https://abmc.gov Info P.O.W.

Wes Injerd, Dwight Rider: http://www.mansell.com/pow-index.html

NavyLog, http://navylog.navymemorial.org Philippine Scouts Heritage Society, Sean Conjenos, http://www.philippine-scouts.org/

Familysearch.com, https://www.familysearch.org Navy Marines Info Geoffrey Roecker, https://missingmarines.com/ Medals Info, http://www.honorstates.org Website, https://hendrikswebdesign.nl/

USS Drexler ( DD-741) Destroyer
Japanese Yokosuka PY1 Ginga
His rank Machinist's Mate Third Class