Avant, Edwin Hampton

Rank and Name, Motor Machinist’s Mate First Class Edwin Hampton Avant.

Unit/Placed in, USS PT-251, Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron 20.

 

Edwin is born approx. on 25 March 1921 in Cerro Gordo, North Carolina.

Father, Homer G. Avant Sr.

Mother, Mary E. (McLelland) Avant.

Sister(s), Alice L. Elizabeth, Florine and Margaret L. Avant.

Brother(s), Frederick, Homer G. Jr. and Leon C. Avant.

 

Edwin enlisted the service in North Carolina with service number # 6567394.

 

Edwin was KIA when they Grounded on the reef and got shot by a shore gun on 26 Feb. 1944, he is honored with a Purple Heart, Combat Action Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, Expeditionary Medal, American Campaign Medal, Navy & Marine Presidential Unit Citation, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, WW II Victory Medal.

 

Edwin is buried/mentioned at Manila American Cemetery and Memorial Manila, Metro Manila, National Capital Region, Philippines.

Walls of the missing.

 

Thanks to, https://www.wrecksite.eu/wreck.aspx?14112

Jean Louis Vijgen, WW2-Pacific Website.

Air Force Info, Rolland Swank.

ABMC Website, https://abmc.gov

Seabees History Bob Smith  https://seabeehf.org/

Navy Info, http://navylog.navymemorial.org

POW Info, http://www.mansell.com    Dwight Rider and Wes injerd.

Navy Seal Memorial,  http://www.navysealmemorials.com

Family Info, https://www.familysearch.org

Marines Info, https://missingmarines.com/    Geoffrey Roecker

Info, https://www.pacificwrecks.com/

Medals Info, https://www.honorstates.org

Website,

Philippine Info, http://www.philippine-scouts.org/

Find a Grave, https://www.findagrave.com

Armstrong, William L.

Rank and Name, First Lieutenant William L. Armstrong.

Unit/Placed in, 75th Bomber Squadron, 42nd Bomber Group, Medium.

 

William is born approx. on no record.

Parents and Siblings, No Record Available.

 

William enlisted the service in New Jersey with service number # 0-742106.

 

William ‘s Crew-members and their position on-board the plane a B-25 were,

1st Lt. William L. Armstrong         Pilot

1st Lt. Joseph D. Jones Sr.            Co Pilot

Sgt.    William J. Sobolewski         Engineer/Gunner

 

William died on a training flight when they had a mechanical failure and crashed on Jan. 24, 1944, he is honored with an Air Medal with 4 Oak Leaf Cluster, Good Conduct Medal, American Campaign Medal, Army Presidential Unit Citation, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, WW II Victory Medal.

 

William is buried/mentioned at Manila American Cemetery and Memorial Manila, Metro Manila, National Capital Region, Philippines.

Walls of the missing.

 

Thanks to, http://www.historyofwar.org/air/units/USAAF/42nd_Bombardment_Group.html

Jean Louis Vijgen, WW2-Pacific Website.

Air Force Info, Rolland Swank.

ABMC Website, https://abmc.gov

Navy Info, http://navylog.navymemorial.org

POW Info, http://www.mansell.com    Dwight Rider and Wes injerd.

Family Info, https://www.familysearch.org

Marines Info, https://missingmarines.com/    Geoffrey Roecker

Info, https://www.pacificwrecks.com/

Medals Info, https://www.honorstates.org

Website,

Philippine Info, http://www.philippine-scouts.org/

Find a Grave, https://www.findagrave.com

Armendariz, Victor M.

Rank and Name, Staff Sergeant Victor M. Armendariz.

Unit/Placed in, 868th Bomber Squadron (Heavy).

 

Victor is born approx. on 1921 in Mexico.

Parents and Siblings, No Record Available.

 

Victor enlisted the service in California with service number # 39540670.

 

Victor ‘s Crew-members and their position on-board the plane a SB-24 were,

1st Lt.           Richard A. Gay                 Pilot

2nd Lt.          John T. Toole                    Co Pilot

2nd Lt.          Fay L. Slagle                     Navigator

2nd Lt.          Thomas N. Hartnett          Bombardier

T/Sgt.          Isadore La Mica                 Engineer

S/Sgt.           Vernon J. Baker                Asst. Engineer

T/Sgt.          Lloyd H. George                Radio Operator

T/sgt.           Odell S. Dyer                    Radar Operator

S/Sgt.           Victor M. Armendariz        Gunner

S/Sgt.           Antonio Scotto                  Gunner

2nd Lt.          Raymond W. Pope             Passenger

T/Sgt.          David White                     Passenger

 

Victor was KIA after takeoff they had a power failure, and crashes on the water, so hard, that the plane broke in two and sunk immediately on March 20, 1944, he is honored with a Purple Heart, Air Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Good Conduct Medal, American Campaign Medal, Army Presidential Unit Citation, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, WW II Victory Medal.

 

Victor is buried/mentioned at Manila American Cemetery and Memorial Manila, Metro Manila, National Capital Region, Philippines.

Walls of the missing.

 

Thanks to,

Jean Louis Vijgen, WW2-Pacific Website.

Air Force Info, Rolland Swank.

ABMC Website, https://abmc.gov

Navy Info, http://navylog.navymemorial.org

POW Info, http://www.mansell.com    Dwight Rider and Wes injerd.

Family Info, https://www.familysearch.org

Marines Info, https://missingmarines.com/    Geoffrey Roecker

Info, https://www.pacificwrecks.com/

Medals Info, https://www.honorstates.org

Website,

Philippine Info, http://www.philippine-scouts.org/

Find a Grave, https://www.findagrave.com

Ankele, Robert Jack

Rank and Name, Private First Class Robert Jack Ankele.

Unit/Placed in, 2nd Marine Raider Battalion (F-Comp), 2nd Raider Regiment.

 

Robert is born approx. on Aug. 31, 1921 in Oak Park, Illinois.

Father, Herman L. Ankele.

Mother, Florence V. Froelich.

Sister(s), June M. Florence M. Ankele.

 

Robert enlisted the service in Illinois with service number # 339959.

 

Robert was KIA on the Solomons, near Numa-Numa on Nov. 9, 1944, he is honored with a Purple Heart, Combat Action Ribbon, Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, Marine Corps Expeditionary Medal, American Campaign Medal, Navy & Marine Presidential Unit Citation, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, WW II Victory Medal.

 

Robert is buried/mentioned at Manila American Cemetery and Memorial Manila, Metro Manila, National Capital Region, Philippines.

 

Thanks to, https://marines.togetherweserved.com/usmc/servlet/tws.webapp.WebApp?cmd=ShadowBoxProfile&type=Person&ID=321368

Jean Louis Vijgen, WW2-Pacific Website.

Air Force Info, Rolland Swank.

ABMC Website, https://abmc.gov

Navy Info, http://navylog.navymemorial.org

POW Info, http://www.mansell.com    Dwight Rider and Wes injerd.

Family Info, https://www.familysearch.org

Marines Info, https://missingmarines.com/    Geoffrey Roecker

Info, https://www.pacificwrecks.com/

Medals Info, https://www.honorstates.org

Website,

Philippine Info, http://www.philippine-scouts.org/

Find a Grave, https://www.findagrave.com

Andrews, Kenneth

Rank and Name, Private First Class Kenneth Andrews.

Unit/Placed in, 2nd Para Battalion, 1st Marine Parachute Regiment.

 

Kenneth is born approx. on 1924 in Indiana.

Mother, Laura Andrews.

Sister(s), Clara, Florence Andrews and Alice Mobley.

Brother(s), Morris, Henry and Jimmy Andrews.

 

Kenneth enlisted the service in Indiana with service number # 504515.

 

Kenneth was KIA at the fights with the Japanese during the Landing on the Solomon’s on Oct. 31, 1944, he is honored with a Purple Heart, Combat Action Ribbon, Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, Marine Corps Expeditionary Medal, American Campaign Medal, Navy & Marine Presidential Unit Citation, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, WW II Victory Medal.

 

Kenneth is buried/mentioned at Manila American Cemetery and Memorial Manila, Metro Manila, National Capital Region, Philippines.

 

Thanks to,

Jean Louis Vijgen, WW2-Pacific Website.

Air Force Info, Rolland Swank.

ABMC Website, https://abmc.gov

Navy Info, http://navylog.navymemorial.org

POW Info, http://www.mansell.com    Dwight Rider and Wes injerd.

Family Info, https://www.familysearch.org

Marines Info, https://missingmarines.com/    Geoffrey Roecker

Info, https://www.pacificwrecks.com/

Medals Info, https://www.honorstates.org

Website,

Philippine Info, http://www.philippine-scouts.org/

Find a Grave, https://www.findagrave.com

Brand, Joseph James

Brand, Joseph James

Rank and Name, Water Tender First Class Joseph James Brand.

Unit/Placed in, USS Perry (DMS-17) Minesweeper, United States Navy.

 

Joseph is born approx. 1923 in New York.

 

Father, Joseph H. Brand.

Born in Germany.

Mother, Anna Brand.

 

Joseph enlisted the service in New York with service number # 2236197.

 

Joseph was KIA when the USS Perry was hit and severely damaged by a mine explosion, broke in two and sunk on Sep. 13, 1944, he is honored with a Purple Heart, Combat Action Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, Expeditionary Medal, Distinguished Unit Citation, American Campaign Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, WW II Victory Medal.

 

Joseph is buried/mentioned at Manila American Cemetery and Memorial Manila, metro Manila, National Capital Region, Philippines.

Walls of the missing.

 

Thanks to http://www.navsource.org/archives/05/340.htm Jean Louis Vijgen, ABMC, https://abmc.gov

P.O.W. info, Wes Injerd and Dwight Rider, http://www.mansell.com/pow-index.html  Air-Force, Rolland Swank NavyLog, http://navylog.navymemorial.org Familysearch.com, https://www.familysearch.org

Philippine Scouts Heritage Society,http://www.philippine-scouts.org/

Marines Info Geoffrey Roecker, https://missingmarines.com/   

Medals Info, http://www.honorstates.org    

Hendriks Webdesign, https://hendrikswebdesign.nl/

 

https://www.pacificwrecks.com/ships/usn/DD-340.html

 

USS Perry (DMS-17) Minesweeper
Rebuild from Destroyer to Minesweeper
Perry-abandoned-and-sinking-off-Angaur-Island-after-striking-a-mine-13-September-1944
His rank Water-tender First Class

Alhfinger, Paul

Ahlfinger, Paul

Rank and Name,Watertender Second Class Paul Ahlfinger.

Unit/Placed in,USS Kanawha (OA-1) Tanker, United States Navy.

 

Paul is born in Dec. 16, 1918 in Box Church, Texas.

 

Parents and Siblings, No Record Available.

 

Paul enlisted the U.S.Army in Texas with service number # 3602301.

 

Paul was KIA when Japanese plane’s attacked  the ship and it sunk near the Solomons Island Coast on April 8, 1944, he is honored with a Purple Heart, Combat Action Ribbon, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal and the WWII Victory Medal.

 

Paul is buried/mentioned at Manila American Cemetery and Memorial  Manila, Metro Manila, National Capital Region, Philippines.

Wall of the missing.

 

Thanks to ABMC, https://abmc.gov  http://navylog.navymemorial.org ,  Jean Louis Vijgen , Familysearch.com  https://www.familysearch.org Philippine Scouts Heritage Society http://www.philippine-scouts.org/ Honorstates http://www.honorstates.org,  Geoffrey Roecker https://missingmarines.com/ P.O.W. : http://www.mansell.com/pow-index.html  Wes Injerd, Dwight Rider, Armand Hendriks https://hendrikswebdesign.nl/

 

USS Kanawha (OA-1) Tanker
His rank Watertender Second Class

Allen Jr. , Samuel Gammon

Allen Jr. , Samuel Gammon

Rank and Name, Sergeant Samuel Gammon Allen Jr..

Unit/Placed in, Marine Fighting Squadron (Night) 531 (VFM(N)-531, United States Marine Corps.

 

Samuel is born 1903 in Michigan.

 

Wife, Gladys Allen.

Daughter, Margarite Allen.

Sons, Samuel and William Allen.

 

Samuel enlisted the service in Michigan with service number # 430233.

 

Samuel’s Crew-members and position on-board the plane a Lockheed Ventura 1 were,

1st Lt. Marion M. Pierce     Pilot/Radio Operator

Sgt.    Samuel G. Allen       Bombardier/Engineer

Cpl.     Petie H. Barber       Top Turret Gunner

Pfc.     William. K. Massey   Dorsal Gunner

 

 

 

Samuel died in a Collision with a other PV-1 both crashed and lost the entire crew near Vella LaVella Island, Solomon Islands on March 21, 1944, he is honored with a Purple Heart, Combat Action Ribbon, Distinguished Unit Citation, Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, Marine Corps Expeditionary Medal, American Campaign Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, WW II Victory Medal.

 

Samuel is buried/mentioned at Manila American Cemetery and Memorial Manila, metro Manila, National Capital Region, Philippines.

Walls of the missing.

 

Thanks to https://archive.is/20070927042221/http://home.inreach.com/trinity/VMFA-531%20History.html https://www.pacificwrecks.com/aircraft/pv-1/33079.html Jean Louis Vijgen, ABMC, https://abmc.gov

P.O.W. info, Wes Injerd and Dwight Rider, http://www.mansell.com/pow-index.html  AirForce, Rolland Swank NavyLog, http://navylog.navymemorial.org Familysearch.com, https://www.familysearch.org

Philippine Scouts Heritage Society,http://www.philippine-scouts.org/

Marines Info Geoffrey Roecker, https://missingmarines.com/   

Medals Info, http://www.honorstates.org    

Hendriks Webdesign, https://hendrikswebdesign.nl/

Marine Fighter Squadron (Night) 531 (VMF(n)-531)
Lockheed PV-1 Ventura
Airfield Cherry Point, North Carolina
VFM (n)-531 The Grey Ghosts
His rank Sergeant

Adams, Milledge R.

Adams, Milledge R.

Rank/Name, Steward’s Mate Third Class Milledge R. Adams.

Unit/placed, USS South Dakota (BB-57) Battleship, United States Navy.

 

Milledge was born  in 1906 in South Carolina.

 

Father, Melton Adams.

Wife, Mary N. Adams

 

Milledge entered  the service from South Carolina with service # 5520178.

 

Milledge was KIA during the Naval Battle of Guadacanal when the USS South Dakota was hit 26 time’s , on June 6, 1944, he is honored with a  Purple Heart, Combat Action Ribbon, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal and the WWII Victory Medal.

 

Milledge is buried/mentioned at Manila American Cemetery and Memorial  Manila, Metro Manila, National Capital Region, Philippines.

Wall of the missing, Buried at Sea.

 

Thanks to  http://www.navsource.org/archives/01/57a.htm ABMC, https://abmc.gov  http://navylog.navymemorial.org Familysearch.com  https://www.familysearch.org Philippine Scouts Heritage Society http://www.philippine-scouts.org/ Honorstates http://www.honorstates.org,   Geoffrey Roecker https://missingmarines.com/ P.O.W. Info: http://www.mansell.com/pow-index.html  and Jean Louis Vijgen.

Buried on Sea
USS South Dakota (BB-57) Battleship
Memorial
His rank Steward's Mate Third Class