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
Medals Info, https://www.honorstates.org
Philippine Info, http://www.philippine-scouts.org/
Find a Grave, https://www.findagrave.com