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Austin, Samuel

Rank and Name, Gunner’s Mate Second Class Samuel Austin.

Unit/Placed in, USS Helena (CL-50) Cruiser, United States Navy.


Samuel is born approx. on 6 Oct. 1916 in Brown Township, Iowa.

Father, Samuel M. Austin.

Mother, Emma L. (Lange) Austin.


Samuel enlisted the service in Iowa with service number # 3214506.


Samuel was KIA when the USS Helena was hit by several torpedoed during the Battle of Kula Gulf on July 6, 1943, 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.


Samuel 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 Oak Shade Cemetery, Marion, Linn County, Iowa, USA.


Thanks to, http://ibiblio.org/hyperwar/USN/WarDamageReports/WarDamageReportCL50/WarDamageReportCL50.html

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

USS Helena (CL-50) Cruiser
War Bonds Poster
Samuel Austin
His rank Gunner's Mate Second Class
Survivours USS Helena
Sunken Wreck USS Helena
Sunken Wreck USS Helena