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Atwater, Philip Wolcott

Rank and Name, Aviation Machinist’s Mate Second Class Philip Wolcott Atwater.

Unit/Placed in, Torpedo Squadron 5 (VT-5), United States Naval Reserve.


Philip is born approx. on 2 March 1921 in Massachusetts.

Father, Leonard Atwater.

Mother, Dorothy (Hastings) Atwater.

Sister(s), Barbara R.  Dorothea H. and Elizabeth A. Atwater.

Brother(s), George L. Atwater.


Philip enlisted the service in Massachusetts with service number # 6664964.


Philip‘s Crew-members and their position on-board the plane a Grumman TBF were,

Ensign          Donald R. Simensen           Pilot

Amm2.         Philip W.Atwater               Gunner

Arm2.          Robert L. Park                  Radio Operator/Gunner

Philip was KIA on the Mission when they were shot down by the AA-Fire  on 29  Jan. 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.


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

Courts of the missing.

He also has a Memorial Grave at Pine Hill Cemetery, Westfield, Hampden County, Massachusetts, USA.


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

Torpedo Squadron 5 (VT-5)
Grumman TBF Avanger
USS Yorktown (CV-5) Carrier (Base)
His rank Aviation Machinist's Mate Second Class
Torpedo Drop
VT-5 on the USS Yorktown