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Ameker, William

Rank and Name, Cook Third Class William Ameker.

Unit/Placed in, USS PGM-18(Submarine Chaser), United States Naval Reserve.


Was a PGM-9-class motor gunboat built for the United States Navy during World War II. It was built and originally commissioned as USS PC-1255, a PC-461-class submarine chaser, and was decommissioned and converted in late 1944. USS PGM-18 struck a mine off the coast of Okinawa in April 1945; 13 men lost their lives when PGM-18 sank.


William Ameker is born approx. on no record in New York.

Father, James Ameker.

Parents and Siblings, No Record Available.


William enlisted the service in South Carolina with service number # 5524936.


William was KIA when the PGM-18 was stuck in a minefield an some went off on April 8, 1945, he is honored with a Purple Heart, Combat Action Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, Expeditionary Medal Navy, American Campaign Medal, Distinguished Unit Citation, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, WW II Victory Medal.


William is buried/mentioned at Honolulu Memorial, Honolulu County, Hawaii U.S.A.

Courts of the missing.


Thanks to, http://www.navsource.org/archives/12/011255.htm



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


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

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

USS PGM-18 (Submarine Chaser)
Casualty List
USS PC1255
His rank Cook Third Class