Rank and Name, Chief Machinist’s Mate David Lewis Appleby.
Unit/Placed in, USS Luce (DD-522) Destroyer, United States Naval Reserve.
David is born approx. on April 2, 1913 in Kanawha County, West Virginia.
Spouse, Goldie M. (De Hart) Appleby.
Sons, Robert L. and James L. Appleby.
David enlisted the service in West Virginia with service number # 5527324.
David was KIA when a bomb from the first Kamikaze hit and the second one crashed at the aft section on May 4, 1945, 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.
The USS Luce was on Radar Picket in the Pacific near the Kerama Islands when she was attacked by 2 Kamikaze Planes, she shot one but he dropped his bomb causing a late response for the second one, who crashed on his aft section (rear) and it sank.
David is buried/mentioned at Honolulu Memorial, Honolulu County, Hawaii U.S.A.
Courts of the missing.
Thanks to, http://www.navsource.org/archives/05/522.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
Medals Info, https://www.honorstates.org
Philippine Info, http://www.philippine-scouts.org/
Find a Grave, https://www.findagrave.com