Rank and Name, Seaman First Class Billy Ben Andrews.
Unit/Placed in, USS Karnes (APA-175) Attack/Transport Ship, United States Naval Reserve.
Billy is born approx. on Sep. 27, 1925 in LaSalle Parish, Louisiana.
Father, James W. Andrews.
Mother, Mardelle (Chapman) Andrews.
Sister(s), Bettie B. Andrews.
Brother(s), Herschel W. Andrews.
Billy enlisted the service in Louisiana with service number # 8474375.
Billy died in a training’s accident (not sure of or onboard) on Aug. 14, 1945, he is honored with a Combat Action Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, Expeditionary Medal, American Campaign Medal, Navy & Marine Presidential Unit Citation, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, WW II Victory Medal.
Billy is buried/mentioned at Honolulu Memorial, Honolulu County, Hawaii U.S.A.
Courts of the missing.
He also has a Memorial Grave at Wilbanks Cemetery, La Salle Parish, Louisiana, 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
Philippine Info, http://www.philippine-scouts.org/
Find a Grave, https://www.findagrave.com
I suspect they conducting some sort of landing exercise and they fell off or overturned some small landing boat. Since they died in the line of duty, I suspect it was some sort of training accident. The other man missing, Grady V NIchols, is listed as a COX, (coxswain) which means he maneuvered a small boat.