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Averill, Donald Edward

Rank and Name, Seaman First Class Donald Edward Averill.

Unit/Placed in, USS Gambier Bay (CVE-73) Carrier, United States Naval Reserve.


Donald is born approx. on 30 July 1925 in Nebraska.

Parents and Siblings, No Record Available.


Donald enlisted the service in California with service number # 8794300.


Donald was KIA when the USS Gamier Bay sunk during multiple hits from Japanese Vessels in the Battle off Samar on Oct. 25, 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.


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

Walls of the missing.

His remains are discovered and his final resting place now is at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA.

He also has a Memorial Grave at Harvard Cemetery, Harvard, Clay County, Nebraska, USA.



Thanks to, https://www.navsource.org/archives/03/073.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 Gambier Bay (CVE-73) Carrier
USS Gambier_Bay at the Battle of Samar
Shot with Heavy Caliber Shells
Anti Aircraft Gun
His rank Seaman First Class