Rank and Name, Boatswain Mate First Class William Webster Baft.
Unit/Placed in, USS LCI(M)-974, (Landing Craft Infantry (Medium), United States Naval Reserve.
William is born approx. on 23 Sep. 1911 in Johnstown, Pennsylvania.
Mother, Caroline Baft.
Mother is born in Austria
Brother(s), Frank C. Baft.
William enlisted the service in Pennsylvania with service number # 2502908.
William was KIA during the Lingayen Gulf Landings whey they were attacked by a Japanese suicide assault boat on 10 Jan. 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.
William is buried/mentioned at Manila American Cemetery and Memorial Manila, Metro Manila, National Capital Region, Philippines.
Walls of the missing.
Thanks to, https://wrecksite.eu/wreck.aspx?133743
Jean Louis Vijgen, ww2-Pacific.com and Europe 1940-1945 on Facebook.
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
Tank Destroyers, http://www.bensavelkoul.nl/