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Applefeld, Joseph Allen

Rank and Name, Aviation Radioman Second Class Joseph Allen Applefeld.

Unit/Placed in, Navy Bombing Squadron 17 (VP-17).


Joseph is born approx. on May 19, 1921 in Baltimore, Maryland.

Parents and Siblings, No Record Available.


Joseph enlisted the service in Pennsylvania with service number # 6503697.


Joseph ‘s Crew-members and their position on-board the plane a Curtiss SB2C Helldiver were,

Ltjg.             Billy Jess Shearon              Pilot

Arm2.          Joseph Allen Applefeld        Gunner

Joseph died of his wounds (AA hit) sustained during the Truk attack, he died during return to the Bunker Hill on Feb. 16, 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.


Joseph 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


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

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

Buried on Sea
Air Group 17 (USS Bunker Hill)
USS Bunker Hill (CV-17) Carrier (Base)
Curtiss SB2C-1 Helldiver
His rank Aviation Radioman Second Class
Sea Burial Bunker Hill