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Austin, Thomas Keith

Rank and Name, Water Tender First Class Thomas Keith Austin.

Unit/Placed in, USS Henley (DD-391) Destroyer.


Thomas is born approx. on 28 April 1920 in White Sulphur Spring, West virginia.

Father, Harry B. Austin.

Mother, Pearl M. (Totten) Austin.

Sister(s), Elizabeth J. Helen L. and Mary H. Austin.

Brother(s), Hampton L. Austen.


Thomas enlisted the service in West Virginia with service number # 2658724.


Thomas was KIA when the USS Henley was struck by a Torpedo from the Japanese Submarine RO-108 and sunk on 3 Oct. 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.


Thomas 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 Rosewood Cemetery, Lewisburg, Greenbrier County, West Virginia, USA.


Thanks to, http://www.navsource.org/archives/05/391.htm


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 Henley (DD-391) Destroyer
His rank Watertender First Class