Rank and Name, Seaman First Class Max Vernon Allstot.
Unit/Placed in, USS Louisville (CA-28) Cruiser, United States Naval Reserve.
Max is born approx. on May 10, 1922 in Harlan, Iowa.
Father, Guy W. Allstot.
Mother, Udine (Fish) Allstot.
Spouse, Ila M. (Pearson) Allstot.
Max enlisted the service in Iowa with service number # 6210554.
Max was KIA when the USS Louisville was hit by a Mitshubishi KI-51 Kamikaze plane near Lingayen Gulf, Philippines on Jan. 6, 1945, he is honored with a Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, Combat Action Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, Expeditionary Medal, American Campaign Medal, Distinguished Unit Citation, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, WW II Victory Medal.
Max is buried/mentioned at Manila American Cemetery and Memorial Manila, Metro Manila, National Capital Region, Philippines.
Walls of the missing.
He also has a Memorial Grave at Union Township Cemetery, Defiance, Shelby County, Iowa, USA.
And a Memorial Grave at Saint Rose of Lima Cemetery, Denison, Crawford County, Iowa, USA.
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
Medals Info, https://www.honorstates.org
Philppine Info, http://www.philippine-scouts.org/
Find a Grave, https://www.findagrave.com
Following Leyte operations, Louisville rejoined the fast carriers now designated TF 38, and participated in pre-invasion strikes against the enemy on Luzon.
By the new year, 1945, Louisville was headed towards Lingayen Gulf.
While en route on 5–6 January, two kamikazes headed for and scored on her.
The first kamikaze on 5 January 1945 hit the No. 2 main battery 8-inch 55 caliber gun knocking it completely out of commission killing one man with 17 injured/burned including Captain Rex LeGrande Hicks.
The second kamikaze on 6 January 1945 hit the starboard side signal bridge.
Rear Admiral Theodore E. Chandler, commander of Cruiser Division 4 (CruDiv 4) was fatally injured helping the sailors man handle the fire hoses to put out the massive flames during the latter attack, and died of his wounds the following day.
Commander (later Rear Admiral) William P. McCarty took control of Louisville and managed recovery efforts in fighting fires and restoration of equipment, for which he was awarded the Silver Star.
42 crewmen were also killed and 125 or more men were wounded.
Bridge knocked out of commission at the time forced switch of control to battery no. 2 by second smoke stack. Despite extensive damage, the cruiser shelled the beaches and shot down several enemy planes before withdrawing on 9 January 1945 and proceeding to Mare Island Navy Yard for repairs.
The Kamikaze planes were Mitshibushi KI-51.
Thanks to Wikipedia.