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Vadas, Mike Edward

Name and Rank, Seaman First Class Mike Edward Vadas (Wadasz).

Unit/Placed in, SS Samuel Heitzelman (Freighter) Liberty Ship, Navy Merchant Marine, United States Naval Reserve.


There was a little mixed-up about his Origen, but was a U-boat 511 witch was transferred to Japan on 16 September 1943 and served in the Imperial Japanese Navy as Submarine Ro-500 until August 1945 when she surrendered to the Allies.


Mike was born approx. on 1909 in Austria.

Father, Mike Wadasz.

Mother, Mary Wadasz.

Parents an John also born in Austria.

Brother(s), John, Andy, Joseph and Peter Wadasz.

Sister(s), Mary Wadasz.


Mike enlisted  the Army at Ohio, with service number # 2851416.


Mike E. Vadas was a Seaman First Class/Guard on the U.S.S. General Stuart Heintzelman (AP-159).


Mike was KIA when the SS Heintzelman was torpedoed by the German U Boat-511 in the India Sea on July 9, 1943, on July 9, 1943, and he is honored with the Purple Heart, Good Conduct Medal, American Campaign Medal, Army Presidential Unit Citation, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, WW II Victory Medal.


Mike is buried at Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Manila, Metro Manila,

National Capital Region, Philippines.

Tablets of the Missing.


Thanks to http://www.heintzelman.info/

Jean Louis Vijgen, WW2-Pacific Website.

Air Force Info, Rolland Swank.

ABMC Website, https://abmc.gov

Navy Info, http://navylog.navymemorial.org

POW Info, http://www.mansell.com    Dwight Rider and Wes injerd.

Family Info, https://www.familysearch.org

Marines Info, https://missingmarines.com/    Geoffrey Roecker

Info, https://www.pacificwrecks.com/

Medals Info, https://www.honorstates.org


Philppine Info, http://www.philippine-scouts.org/

Find a Grave, https://www.findagrave.com

SS Samuel Heitzelman Freighter (other Liberty Ship same class)
German U-511, now the Japanese Submarine RO-500
Mike Edward Vadas (Wadasz)
His rank Seaman First Class
Location wreck