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Austin, Kenneth Leroy

Rank and Name, Corporal Kenneth Leroy Austin.

Unit/Placed in, , 498th Bomber Squadron, 345th Bomber Group, (Medium).

SS Thomas Nelson

On October 1944 the SS Thomas Nelson (Libertyship) left Biak, New Guinea as part of a Convoy and carrying Supplies and Men from the 345th Bomber Group to Leyte Gulf, arriving in the harbor, near Dulag City, while at anchor it was attacked by a Kamikaze. The attack cost many lives and wounded several other, also nearby ships.


Kenneth is born approx. on 23 Dec. 1920 in Wisconsin.

Parents and Siblings, No Record Available.


Kenneth enlisted the service in Wisconsin with service number # 36263811.


Kenneth was KIA on transport when the SS Thomas Nelson was attack by a Kamikaze on Nov. 12, 1944, he is honored with a Purple Heart, Good Conduct Medal, American Campaign Medal, Army Presidential Unit Citation, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, WW II Victory Medal.


Kenneth is buried/mentioned at Manila American Cemetery and Memorial Manila, Metro Manila, National Capital Region, Philippines.

Walls of the missing.

He also has a Memorial Grave at Ohio Cemetery, Rio, Columbia County, Wisconsin, USA.


Thanks to, https://airwarworldwar2.wordpress.com/category/the-345th-bomb-group/

Jean Louis Vijgen, WW2-Pacific Website.

Air Force Info, Rolland Swank.

ABMC Website, https://abmc.gov

Seabees History Bob Smith  https://seabeehf.org/

Navy Info, http://navylog.navymemorial.org

POW Info, http://www.mansell.com    Dwight Rider and Wes injerd.

Navy Seal Memorial,  http://www.navysealmemorials.com

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

SS Thomas Nelson
498th Bomber Squadron
345th Bomber Group
Japanese A6M Zero
Gun Crew SS Thomas Nelson
His Rank Corporal
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