Rank and Name, Chief Commissary Steward Ernest Faustin Baca.
Unit/Placed in, USS Columbia (CL-56) Cruiser, United States Navy.
Ernest was a survivor from the USS Ommaney Bay (CVE-79) witch was sunk due to a Kamikaze attack 4 Jan. 1945.
Ernest is born approx. on 7 March 1916 in Trinidad, Colorado.
Father, Faustin A. Baca.
Mother, Refugio (Urioste) Baca.
Sister(s), Lela Baca.
Brother(s), William E. Baca.
Spouse, Inez V. Baca.
Son, Anthony F. Baca
Ernest enlisted the service in California with service number # 3719622.
Ernest was KIA when the ship was hit by an Kamikaze strike during the Battle of Lingayen Gulf, on Jan. 9, 1945, 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.
Ernest is buried/mentioned at Manila American Cemetery and Memorial Manila, Metro Manila, National Capital Region, Philippines.
Walls of the missing.
Jean Louis Vijgen, WW2-Pacific Website.
Air Force Info, Rolland Swank.
ABMC Website, https://abmc.gov
Marines Info, https://missingmarines.com/ Geoffrey Roecker
Seabees History Bob Smith https://seabeehf.org/
Navy Info, http://navylog.navymemorial.org
POW Info, http://www.mansell.com Dwight Rider and Wes injerd.
Philippine Info, http://www.philippine-scouts.org/ Robert Capistrano
Navy Seal Memorial, http://www.navysealmemorials.com
Family Info, https://www.familysearch.org
Medals Info, https://www.honorstates.org
Find a Grave, https://www.findagrave.com