U.S.S. Laffey
   
The ship that would not die !
   
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(Laffey Photo)
Official U.S. Navy photograph USN 1100870
Public Domain
U.S.S. Laffey

 
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WW II
 

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Page last updated:   May 19, 2020

Attacked on April 16, 1945 the Laffey loss " 32 " men !

" The below listing ( currently in progress ) will display all the sailors on the Laffey on April 16, 1945 ! "

To include those:

"Killed In Action", "Missing In Action", "Wounded In Action",
and the survivors of the attack as well !


     The " U.S.S. Laffey (DD-724) " is a Allen M. Sumner-class destroyer built at Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine. She was laid down June 28, 1943, launced November 21, 1943, and commissioned on February 8, 1944.   She was named after Seaman Bartlett Laffey ( Civil War Medal Of Honor recipient ) who had one other ship named in his honor: USS Laffey (DD-459) that was sunk in the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal on November 13, 1942.

     The " U.S.S. Laffey " after being commissioned on February 8, 1944, and with her crew fully trained, she was ready for service on February 28, 1944.   The " U.S.S. Laffey's " first war assignment was the screening of a convoy from New York City bound for England on May 14, 1944.

     After arriving in England with the convey the " U.S.S. Laffey ", on June 3, 1944, was assigned as part of the D-Day Invasion of France.   She headed for the Normandy beaches escorting tugs, landing craft, and two Dutch gunboats.   The group arrived in the assault area, off Utah beach, Baie de la Seine, France, at dawn on D-Day, June 6, 1944.   On June 6-7, 1944 the Laffey was assigned to screen seaward.   On June 8-9 she successfully bombarded gun emplacements on the coastal areas of France.   On June 12, 1944 she pursued enemy E-boats that had torpedoed the destroyer U.S.S. Nelson (DD-623).   The " U.S.S. Laffey " was able to break up their tight formation thus preventing further attacks from the group.   Her screening duties completed, the Laffey returned to England, arriving at Portsmouth on June 22, 1944.

     On June 25, 1944 the " U.S.S. Laffey " got underway with the battleship U.S.S. Nevada (BB-36) to join Bombardment Group 2 shelling the formidable defenses at Cherbourg-Octeville.   During this bombardment the " U.S.S. Laffey " was hit above the waterline by a ricocheting shell, but it failed to explode and did little damage.

     The " U.S.S. Laffey " shortly returned to the U.S. arriving in Boston, Massachusetts on July 9, 1944 where she was overhauled and given new electronic equipment. On August 26, 1944 she was sent to Hawaii and arrived at Pearl Harbor in September of 1944.   After multiple assignments in the Pacific area in and around the Philippines the " U.S.S. Laffey " was eventually to become part of the Invasion of Okinawa with Task Force 54 (TF 54).

The Attack on April 16, 1945 !

     The " U.S.S. Laffey " was assigned to radar picket station 1 about 30 miles north of Okinawa and joined in repulsing an air attack which downed 13 enemy aircraft.   The Japanese then launched another air attack with some 50 planes !   During this attack, however, the " U.S.S. Laffey " was badly damaged by " four bombs, six kamikaze crashes, and strafing fire that killed 32 and wounded 71 ".   And still the " U.S.S. Laffey " survived the attack!

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     The following below list was created in the memory of those that SERVED ON " AND " those who " GAVE THEIR ALL " on the " U.S.S. Laffey ".   There are personal "online memorials" for each of these honored men that were created for them by using the "Find A Grave" website.   You will see a blue " Yes " behind their names and by clicking on the " Yes " you will see a personal memorial that has been created for them by myself or someone else.

Key to Abbreviations and Notes:

BS = Awarded the " Bronze Star " ~ ( 4th highest award for bravery, heroism or meritorious service )
BS+ = Awarded multiple " Bronze Stars " ~ ( Noted as Oak Leaf Cluster attached to " First " Bronze Star )

DSC = Awarded the " Distinguished Service Cross " ~ ( 2nd highest award for extreme gallantry and risk of life )

DSM = Awarded the " Distinguished Service Medal " ~ ( Awarded for Exceptionally meritorious service to the Government of the United States )

MOH = Awarded the " Medal Of Honor " ~ ( Highest military honor, awarded for personal acts of valor above and beyond the call of duty )

NC = Awarded the " Navy Cross " ~ ( 2nd highest military decoration for valor that may be awarded to a member of the Navy, Marines, or Coast Guard )

NSM = Awarded the " Specially Meritorious Service Medal " ~ ( Awarded for non-combat meritorious service for Navy Sailors )

PH = Awarded the " Purple Heart " ~ ( Awarded for being wounded or killed in action )
PH+ = Awarded " Multiple Purple Hearts " ~ ( Noted as Oak Leaf Clusters attached to " First " Purple Heart. )

POW = Awarded the " Prisoner Of War Medal " ~ ( Awarded for serving as a Prisoner of the enemy. )

PUC = Awarded a " Presidential Unit Citation " ~ ( Awarded to a unit for heroism or extraordinary achievement. )

SS = Awarded the " Silver Star " ~ ( 3rd highest award ~ awarded for gallantry in action )
SS+ = Awarded multiple " Silver Stars "

Other Medals
      Such as Good Conduct, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign, American Defense Service Medals, etc. " Are Not " included in this listing.

" Cause Of Death " ~ Color Coding:
      " RED " = Died during Battle.
      " MAROON " = Died of a "non-battle" related incident.

= Photo of person shown on online memorial
= Photo of tombstone or listing shown on online memorial
N/A ~ ( in awards field ) = not applicable
N/A ~ ( in photo field ) = not available

Cenotaph = A memorial stone only, remains not recovered or possibly interred somewhere unknown.

Those Included: = Died during the war - " December 7, 1941 " through " September 2, 1945 ".
            ( Some others have been included that died close to the war's end possibly from wounds or illiness )


Quick Link by first letter of Last Name

( Those letters shown in " Maroon " below " currently " have no sailors listed on this ship ! )

A ] - B ] - C ] - D ] - E ] - F ]

G ] - H ] - I ] - J ] - K ] - L ]

M ] - N ] - O ] - P ] - Q ] - R ]

S ] - T ] - U ] - V ] - W ] - X ] - Y ] - Z ]

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Please Note The Following:

1) Those names shown in " Gold Boxes ~ " Gave Their All " on the " U.S.S. Laffey " !

2) The below records are based on the " U.S.S. Laffey's " reports from:
March 31, 1945 " and " April 17, 1945.


    Last Name, First Name, M.I.
            Photos ~ Awards ~ Notes
Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
State Of Residence
Died / Wounded
Date Of Incident
Cemetery /
Memorial
 For Online 
Memorial
Click on
" Yes "

  Anderson, Mark Gustave
            N/A ~ PH ~ " Survivor "

Seaman
First Class
U.S.S. Laffey
Navy
New York
Wounded

April 16, 1945
Calverton
National Cemetery
Calverton, NY
" Yes "
" Died 2007 "
   Last Names starting with " A " ~ Currently In Progress !


    Last Name, First Name, M.I.
            Photos ~ Awards ~ Notes
Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
State Of Residence
Died / Wounded
Date Of Incident
Cemetery /
Memorial
 For Online 
Memorial
Click on
" Yes "

  Ballenger, Jack Arnold
             ~ PH ~ " Survivor "
            " Family Link Included "

Fireman
First Class
U.S.S. Laffey
Navy
Ohio
Wounded

April 16, 1945
Memorial Park
Cemetery
Zanesville, OH
" Yes "
" Died 1994 "

  Baumhardt, Arthur
              ~ N/A ~ " Survivor "

Boatswain's
Mate
2nd Class
U.S.S. Laffey
Navy
Illinois
Not Wounded

April 16, 1945
St. Peter
Catholic Cemetery
Skokie, IL
" Yes "
" Died 1998 "

  Becton, Frederick Julian
              ~ SS+ ~ NC ~ " Survivor "
            " Family Link Included "

U.S.S. Laffey
Commander
U.S.S. Laffey
Navy
Arkansas
Not Wounded

April 16, 1945
Arlington
National Cemetery
Arlington, VA
" Yes "
" Died 1995 "

  Bell, Charles William
             ~ N/A ~ " Survivor "

Sonarman
2nd Class
U.S.S. Laffey
Navy
Maryland
Not Wounded

April 16, 1945
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Obituary
" May 26, 2009 "

  Bell, James Paul
            N/A ~ PH ~ " Survivor "
            " Family Link Included "

Seaman
First Class
U.S.S. Laffey
Navy
Pennsylvania
Wounded

April 16, 1945
Riverview
Cemetery
Northumberland, PA
" Yes "
" Died 2012 "

  Benson,  Henry Marshall
             ~ PH ~ Died At Sea
            " Family Link Included "

Electrician's
Mate
3rd Class
U.S.S. Laffey
Navy
Virginia
Died Of Wounds

April 16, 1945
National Memorial
Cemetery
Honolulu, HI
" Yes "

  Brinkley, Clarence Elmer
             ~ N/A ~ " Survivor "
            " Family Link Included "

Machinist's
Mate
3rd Class
U.S.S. Laffey
Navy
Ohio
Not Wounded

April 16, 1945
Myrtle Hill
Memorial Park
Tampa, FL
" Yes "
" Died 2007 "

  Broussard,  Charles Arthur
             ~ PH ~ Missing At Sea

Coxswain
U.S.S. Laffey
Navy
Massachusetts
Missing In Action

April 16, 1945
Honolulu Memorial
Honolulu, HI
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Brown, Donald Earl
             ~ N/A ~ " Survivor "

Seaman
First Class
U.S.S. Laffey
Navy
Pennsylvania
Not Wounded

April 16, 1945
Crestview
Memorial Park
Grove City, PA
" Yes "
" Died 1998 "

  Brown,  Edward John
              ~ BS ~ PH ~ Killed At Sea
            " News Article Included "

Torpedoman's
Mate
3rd Class
U.S.S. Laffey
Navy
New York
Killed In Action

April 16, 1945
Honolulu Memorial
Honolulu, HI
" Buried At Sea "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Burgess,  Fred Durell, Jr.
             ~ PH ~ Died At Sea
            " Family Link Included "

Yeoman
3rd Class
U.S.S. Laffey
Navy
Georgia
Died Of Wounds

April 16, 1945
Westview
Cemetery
Atlanta, GA
" Yes "

  Bussert, Karl Elsworth
             ~ PH ~ " Survivor "
            " Family Link Included "

Seaman
First Class
U.S.S. Laffey
Navy
Ohio
Wounded

April 16, 1945
Dutch Hollow
Cemetery
Amanda, OH
" Yes "
" Died 1982 "
   Last Names starting with " B " ~ Currently In Progress !


    Last Name, First Name, M.I.
            Photos ~ Awards ~ Notes
Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
State Of Residence
Died / Wounded
Date Of Incident
Cemetery /
Memorial
 For Online 
Memorial
Click on
" Yes "

  Calisti, Bruno Joseph
            N/A ~ PH ~ " Survivor "
            " Family Link Included "

Seaman
Second Class
U.S.S. Laffey
Navy
New York
Wounded

April 16, 1945
Jennerstown
Cemetery
Jennerstown, PA
" Yes "
" Died 1989 "

  Campbell, Robert Lee
             ~ N/A ~ " Survivor "
            " Family Link Included "

Watertender
1st Class
U.S.S. Laffey
Navy
Texas
Not Wounded

April 16, 1945
Riverside
National Cemetery
Riverside, CA
" Yes "
" Died 1989 "

  Carter, Donald
            N/A ~ PH ~ " Survivor "
            " Family Link Included "

Radioman
Third Class
U.S.S. Laffey
Navy
Wisconsin
Wounded

April 16, 1945
Concordia
Cemetery
Rosholt, WI
" Yes "
" Died 1978 "

  Carver, Douglas Carl
            N/A ~ N/A ~ " Survivor "

Seaman
Second Class
U.S.S. Laffey
Navy
Tennessee
Not Wounded

April 16, 1945
Forest Lawn
Memorial Gardens
Goodlettsville, TN
" Yes "
" Died 2004 "

  Cloer,  Calvin Wesley, Jr.
             ~ PH ~ Died At Sea

Boatswain's
Mate
2nd Class
U.S.S. Laffey
Navy
California
Died Of Wounds

April 16, 1945
Goleta
Cemetery
Goleta, CA
" Yes "

  Curtin, David Nicholas
              ~ N/A ~ " Survivor "

Radioman
Third Class
U.S.S. Laffey
Navy
New York
Not Wounded

April 16, 1945
Saint Mary's
Cemetery
Bolivar, NY
" Yes "
" Died 2009 "
   Last Names starting with " C " ~ Currently In Progress !


    Last Name, First Name, M.I.
            Photos ~ Awards ~ Notes
Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
State Of Residence
Died / Wounded
Date Of Incident
Cemetery /
Memorial
 For Online 
Memorial
Click on
" Yes "

  D'Aquila, Anthony
             ~ PH ~ " Survivor "

Gunner's
Mate
3rd Class
U.S.S. Laffey
Navy
New York
Not Wounded

April 16, 1945
St. Rose
Cemetery
Newtown, CT
" Yes "
" Died 2006 "

  Delewski, Lawrence Robert
             ~ BS ~ PH ~ " Survivor "

Gunner's
Mate
2nd Class
U.S.S. Laffey
Navy
Pennsylvania
Not Wounded

April 16, 1945
St. Mary's
Cemetery
Reading, PA
" Yes "
" Died 2010 "

  Dickey, Andrew Thomas
             ~ N/A ~ " Survivor "

Coxswain
U.S.S. Laffey
Navy
Ohio
Not Wounded

April 16, 1945
St. Catherine's
Cemetery
Moscow, PA
" Yes "
" Died 1998 "

  Donald, William Lake
             ~ N/A ~ " Survivor "

Seaman
First Class
U.S.S. Laffey
Navy
South Carolina
Not Wounded

April 16, 1945
Newberry
Memorial Gardens
Newberry, SC
" Yes "
" Died 1998 "

  Dorris, Alfred Joseph, Jr.
             ~ N/A ~ " Survivor "

Seaman
First Class
U.S.S. Laffey
Navy
Maryland
Not Wounded

April 16, 1945
Immaculate
Conception Cemetery
Cherry Hill, MD
" Yes "
" Died 2010 "

  Doyle, Pierce Vincent
             ~ N/A ~ " Survivor "

Chief
Yeoman
U.S.S. Laffey
Navy
Pennsylvania
Not Wounded

April 16, 1945
Sacred Heart
Cemetery
Williamstown, PA
" Yes "
" Died 1995 "
   Last Names starting with " D " ~ Currently In Progress !


    Last Name, First Name, M.I.
            Photos ~ Awards ~ Notes
Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
State Of Residence
Died / Wounded
Date Of Incident
Cemetery /
Memorial
 For Online 
Memorial
Click on
" Yes "

  Eastham, Lonnie Herring
             ~ N/A ~ " Survivor "
            " Family Link Included "

Seaman
First Class
U.S.S. Laffey
Navy
North Carolina
Not Wounded

April 16, 1945
Fairview
Cemetery
La Grange, NC
" Yes "
" Died 2005 "

  Edwards,  Bernard
             ~ BS ~ PH ~ Killed At Sea

Coxswain
U.S.S. Laffey
Navy
Ohio
Killed In Action

April 16, 1945
Honolulu Memorial
Honolulu, HI
" Buried At Sea "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Ernst, Jack Ormand
             ~ PH ~ " Survivor "

Torpedoman's
Mate
1st Class
U.S.S. Laffey
Navy
Kansas
Wounded

April 16, 1945
Wyuka
Cemetery
Lincoln, NE
" Yes "
" Died 1984 "

  Essig, Daniel Martin
            N/A ~ N/A ~ " Survivor "

Seaman
Second Class
U.S.S. Laffey
Navy
New York
Not Wounded

April 16, 1945
Calverton
National Cemetery
Calverton, NY
" Yes "
" Died 2011 "

  Evans, John Burton
             ~ N/A ~ " Survivor "

Seaman
First Class
U.S.S. Laffey
Navy
New Jersey
Not Wounded

April 16, 1945
New Jersey
Veteran's Cemetery
Arneytown, NJ
" Yes "
" Died 2011 "
   Last Names starting with " E " ~ Currently In Progress !


    Last Name, First Name, M.I.
            Photos ~ Awards ~ Notes
Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
State Of Residence
Died / Wounded
Date Of Incident
Cemetery /
Memorial
 For Online 
Memorial
Click on
" Yes "

  Faginski, Raymond Henry
             ~ PH ~ " Survivor "

Coxswain
U.S.S. Laffey
Navy
Massachusetts
Wounded

April 16, 1945
Mater Dolorosa
Cemetery
South Hadley, MA
" Yes "
" Died 1995 "

  Falotico,  George
             ~ BS ~ PH ~ Missing At Sea

Coxswain
U.S.S. Laffey
Navy
New York
Missing In Action

April 16, 1945
Honolulu Memorial
Honolulu, HI
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Fern, Thomas Bernard
              ~ SS ~ PH ~ " Survivor "
            " Family Link Included "

Seaman
First Class
U.S.S. Laffey
Navy
Massachusetts
Wounded

April 16, 1945
Massachusetts
Memorial Cemetery
Agawam, MA
" Yes "
" Died 2010 "

  Flint,  Chester Carlton
             ~ PH ~ Killed At Sea

Coxswain
U.S.S. Laffey
Navy
Virginia
Killed In Action

April 16, 1945
Honolulu Memorial
Honolulu, HI
" Buried At Sea "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Fowler,  Conley Eugene, Jr.
             ~ BS ~ PH ~ Killed At Sea

Fireman
First Class
U.S.S. Laffey
Navy
Ohio
Killed In Action

April 16, 1945
Honolulu Memorial
Honolulu, HI
" Buried At Sea "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Fravel,  James William
             ~ SS ~ PH ~ Missing At Sea

Lieutenant
( jg )
U.S.S. Laffey
Navy
New Jersey
Missing In Action

April 16, 1945
Honolulu Memorial
Honolulu, HI
" Yes "
Cenotaph
   Last Names starting with " F " ~ Currently In Progress !


    Last Name, First Name, M.I.
            Photos ~ Awards ~ Notes
Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
State Of Residence
Died / Wounded
Date Of Incident
Cemetery /
Memorial
 For Online 
Memorial
Click on
" Yes "

  Gauding, Wilbert Charles
            N/A ~ N/A ~ " Survivor "
            " Family Link Included "

Fireman
First Class
U.S.S. Laffey
Navy
Ohio
Not Wounded

April 16, 1945
Cremated
" Yes "
" Died 2014 "

Cenotaph

  Gebhart, Francis Martin
             ~ N/A ~ " Survivor "
            " Family Link Included "

Gunner's
Mate
3rd Class
U.S.S. Laffey
Navy
Illinois
Not Wounded

April 16, 1945
Pleasant Plains
Cemetery
Pleasant Plains, IL
" Yes "
" Died 1996 "

  Giles, Louis Frederick, Jr.
             ~ N/A ~ " Survivor "
            " Family Link Included "

Seaman
First Class
U.S.S. Laffey
Navy
Maryland
Not Wounded

April 16, 1945
Cedar Hill
Cemetery
Brooklyn Park, MD
" Yes "
" Died 2007 "

  Glatthorn, John Albert
              ~ N/A ~ " Survivor "

Seaman
First Class
U.S.S. Laffey
Navy
Pennsylvania
Not Wounded

April 16, 1945
St. Peter & Paul
Cemetery
Springfield, PA
" Yes "
" Died 2002 "
   Last Names starting with " G " ~ Currently In Progress !


    Last Name, First Name, M.I.
            Photos ~ Awards ~ Notes
Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
State Of Residence
Died / Wounded
Date Of Incident
Cemetery /
Memorial
 For Online 
Memorial
Click on
" Yes "

  Hallas,  Francis Ray
             ~ BS ~ PH ~ Killed At Sea

Fireman
First Class
U.S.S. Laffey
Navy
Ohio
Killed In Action

April 16, 1945
Honolulu Memorial
Honolulu, HI
" Buried At Sea "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Hansen, Raymond Andrew
            N/A ~ PH ~ " Survivor "

Torpedoman's
Mate
1st Class
U.S.S. Laffey
Navy
Minnesota
Wounded

April 16, 1945
Fort Snelling
National Cemetery
Minneapolis, MN
" Yes "
" Died 2004 "

  Hazen,  LaVerne George
             ~ BS ~ PH ~ Killed At Sea
            " Family Link Included "

Machinist's
Mate
3rd Class
U.S.S. Laffey
Navy
Illinois
Killed In Action

April 16, 1945
Honolulu Memorial
Honolulu, HI
" Buried At Sea "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Heyes,  William Ernest
             ~ PH ~ Missing At Sea
            " Family Link Included "

Seaman
First Class
U.S.S. Laffey
Navy
Washington
Missing In Action

April 16, 1945
Honolulu Memorial
Honolulu, HI
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Hughes, Thomas Joseph
            N/A ~ N/A ~ " Survivor "

Storekeeper
2nd Class
U.S.S. Laffey
Navy
Massachusetts
Not Wounded

April 16, 1945
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
Died
Sep. 4, 1994
   Last Names starting with " H " ~ Currently In Progress !


    Last Name, First Name, M.I.
            Photos ~ Awards ~ Notes
Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
State Of Residence
Died / Wounded
Date Of Incident
Cemetery /
Memorial
 For Online 
Memorial
Click on
" Yes "

  Irish,  Madoc Kenyon
             ~ BS ~ PH ~ Killed At Sea
            " Family Link Included "

Shipfitter
First Class
U.S.S. Laffey
Navy
New York
Killed In Action

April 16, 1945
Honolulu Memorial
Honolulu, HI
" Buried At Sea "
" Yes "
Cenotaph
   Last Names starting with " I " ~ Currently In Progress !


    Last Name, First Name, M.I.
            Photos ~ Awards ~ Notes
Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
State Of Residence
Died / Wounded
Date Of Incident
Cemetery /
Memorial
 For Online 
Memorial
Click on
" Yes "

  Johnson,  John Albert
             ~ BS ~ PH ~ Killed At Sea

Machinist's
Mate
3rd Class
U.S.S. Laffey
Navy
Illinois
Killed In Action

April 16, 1945
Honolulu Memorial
Honolulu, HI
" Buried At Sea "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Johnson, Merle Ray
            N/A ~ PH ~ " Survivor "

Seaman
Second Class
U.S.S. Laffey
Navy
Texas
Wounded

April 16, 1945
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
" Died 2006 "

  Johnson,  Paul Butler
             ~ BS ~ PH ~ Killed At Sea
            " Family Link Included "

Fireman
First Class
U.S.S. Laffey
Navy
New Jersey
Killed In Action

April 16, 1945
Beverly
National Cemetery
Beverly, NJ
" Yes "

  Johnson, Raymond Thomas
             ~ N/A ~ " Survivor "

Seaman
Second Class
U.S.S. Laffey
Navy
Pennsylvania
Not Wounded

April 16, 1945
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Obituary
" Apr. 26, 2009 "
   Last Names starting with " J " ~ Currently In Progress !


    Last Name, First Name, M.I.
            Photos ~ Awards ~ Notes
Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
State Of Residence
Died / Wounded
Date Of Incident
Cemetery /
Memorial
 For Online 
Memorial
Click on
" Yes "

  Karr, Robert Irving
             ~ N/A ~ " Survivor "

Gunner's
Mate
3rd Class
U.S.S. Laffey
Navy
Washington
Not Wounded

April 16, 1945
Evergreen-Washelli
Memorial Park
Seattle, WA
" Yes "
" Died 2011 "

  Kelley,  Lawrence Francis
              ~ BS ~ PH ~ Killed At Sea

Radioman
Third Class
U.S.S. Laffey
Navy
New York
Killed In Action

April 16, 1945
Honolulu Memorial
Honolulu, HI
" Buried At Sea "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Kennedy, Robert Emmet
             ~ N/A ~ " Survivor "

Fireman
First Class
U.S.S. Laffey
Navy
Missouri
Not Wounded

April 16, 1945
Jefferson Barracks
National Cemetery
Lemay, MO
" Yes "
" Died 1994 "

  Keyes, William James
             ~ N/A ~ " Survivor "

Chief
Boatswain's
Mate
U.S.S. Laffey
Navy
California
Not Wounded

April 16, 1945
Kibert
Cemetery
Arthur, TN
" Yes "
" Died 1998 "

  Klein, Andrew
             ~ N/A ~ " Survivor "

Radioman
Third Class
U.S.S. Laffey
Navy
New York
Not Wounded

April 16, 1945
Calverton
National Cemetery
Calverton, NY
" Yes "
" Died 2009 "

  Klimkewicz, Ambrose
            N/A ~ N/A ~ " Survivor "
            " Husband of Theresa M. "Terry" Klimkewicz "

Seaman
Second Class
U.S.S. Laffey
Navy
Ohio
Not Wounded

April 16, 1945
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
Died
Oct. 20, 1995

  Klindworth,  Joseph Hild
             ~ PH ~ Killed At Sea

Seaman
First Class
U.S.S. Laffey
Navy
New York
Killed In Action

April 16, 1945
Long Island
National Cemetery
Farmingdale, NY
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Kycia, Edward Andrew
             ~ N/A ~ " Survivor "

Seaman
Second Class
U.S.S. Laffey
Navy
Connecticut
Not Wounded

April 16, 1945
Wethersfield
Village Cemetery
Wethersfield, CT
" Yes "
" Died 2011 "
   Last Names starting with " K " ~ Currently In Progress !


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Rank
Branch
of Service
State Of Residence
Died / Wounded
Date Of Incident
Cemetery /
Memorial
 For Online 
Memorial
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" Yes "

  LaPointe,  James Marcelle
             ~ SS ~ PH+ ~ Killed At Sea

Coxswain
U.S.S. Laffey
Navy
South Dakota
Killed In Action

April 16, 1945
Honolulu Memorial
Honolulu, HI
" Buried At Sea "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  LeFevre, Walter Thomas
             ~ PH ~ " Survivor "

Seaman
First Class
U.S.S. Laffey
Navy
Louisiana
Wounded

April 16, 1945
Old Midway
Church Cemetery
Richland Parish, LA
" Yes "
" Died 1988 "

  Lehtonen,  Frank William, Jr.
             ~ NSM ~ PH ~ Killed At Sea

Gunner's
Mate
1st Class
U.S.S. Laffey
Navy
Maryland
Killed In Action

April 16, 1945
Honolulu Memorial
Honolulu, HI
" Buried At Sea "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Liller, John Francis, Jr.
            N/A ~ PH ~ " Survivor "
            " Brother of Mrs. Barbara Klag "

Yeoman
Third Class
U.S.S. Laffey
Navy
New York
Wounded

April 16, 1945
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
Died
Feb. 2, 1984
   Last Names starting with " L " ~ Currently In Progress !


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Branch
of Service
State Of Residence
Died / Wounded
Date Of Incident
Cemetery /
Memorial
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Memorial
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" Yes "

  Manson, Frank A.
             ~ N/A ~ " Survivor "
            " Family Link Included "

Lieutenant
U.S.S. Laffey
Navy
" unknown "
Not Wounded

April 16, 1945
Arlington
National Cemetery
Arlington, VA
" Yes "
" Died 2005 "

  Martin,  Ronald George
             ~ PH ~ Missing At Sea

Gunner's
Mate
3rd Class
U.S.S. Laffey
Navy
Massachusetts
Missing In Action

April 16, 1945
Honolulu Memorial
Honolulu, HI
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  McCune, Challen
             ~ N/A ~ " Survivor "

Executive
Officer
U.S.S. Laffey
Navy
Washington
Not Wounded

April 16, 1945
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Obituary
" May 27, 2006 "

  McBryde, Luther Byron
             ~ N/A ~ " Survivor "
            " Family Link Included "

Seaman
First Class
U.S.S. Laffey
Navy
Arkansas
Not Wounded

April 16, 1945
Roselawn
Memorial Garden
Pine Bluff, AR
" Yes "
" Died 2007 "

  McClafferty, William Thomas
             ~ N/A ~ " Survivor "
            " Family Link Included "

Seaman
First Class
U.S.S. Laffey
Navy
Delaware
Not Wounded

April 16, 1945
St. Joseph's
Brandywine Cemetery
Greenville, DE
" Yes "
" Died 2007 "

  Mele,  Joseph Edward
             ~ PH ~ Killed At Sea

Gunner's
Mate
2nd Class
U.S.S. Laffey
Navy
New York
Killed In Action

April 16, 1945
Long Island
National Cemetery
Farmingdale, NY
" Yes "

  Migues, Joseph Clestant
             ~ PH ~ " Survivor "
            " Family Link Included "
            " News Article Included "

Seaman
First Class
U.S.S. Laffey
Navy
Louisiana
Wounded

April 16, 1945
Saint Peter's
Cemetery
New Iberia, LA
" Yes "
" Died 1945 "

  Morris,  William Lamar
             ~ PH ~ Wounded At Sea
            " Family Link Included "

Coxswain
U.S.S. Laffey
Navy
Georgia
Died Of Wounds

April 16, 1945
Sandy Creek
Church Cemetery
Tyrone, GA
" Yes "

  Murray, Lawrence Joseph
            N/A ~ N/A ~ " Survivor "

Radarman
3rd Class
U.S.S. Laffey
Navy
Indiana
Not Wounded

April 16, 1945
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
Died
2002
   Last Names starting with " M " ~ Currently In Progress !


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Branch
of Service
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Date Of Incident
Cemetery /
Memorial
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" Yes "

  Newell, Francis Patrick
             ~ PH ~ " Survivor "
            " Family Link Included "

Coxswain
U.S.S. Laffey
Navy
Pennsylvania
Wounded

April 16, 1945
Holy Cross
Cemetery
Yeadon, PA
" Yes "
" Died 1964 "

  Nordstrom, Louis Delbert
             ~ N/A ~ " Survivor "

Sonarman
Third Class
U.S.S. Laffey
Navy
Michigan
Not Wounded

April 16, 1945
Evergreen
Cemetery
Grand Blanc, MI
" Yes "
" Died 2010 "
   Last Names starting with " N " ~ Currently In Progress !


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            Photos ~ Awards ~ Notes
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Rank
Branch
of Service
State Of Residence
Died / Wounded
Date Of Incident
Cemetery /
Memorial
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Memorial
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" Yes "

  O'Shaughnessy, William John, Jr.
            N/A ~ PH ~ " Survivor "

Seaman
First Class
U.S.S. Laffey
Navy
New York
Wounded

April 16, 1945
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
Surviving ??

  Ondracek,  Jack Harris
             ~ BS ~ PH ~ Missing At Sea
            " Family Link Included "

Torpedoman's
Mate
3rd Class
U.S.S. Laffey
Navy
Washington
Missing In Action

April 16, 1945
Honolulu Memorial
Honolulu, HI
" Yes "
Cenotaph
   Last Names starting with " O " ~ Currently In Progress !


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            Photos ~ Awards ~ Notes
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Rank
Branch
of Service
State Of Residence
Died / Wounded
Date Of Incident
Cemetery /
Memorial
 For Online 
Memorial
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" Yes "

  Parino, Frank Francis
             ~ PH ~ " Survivor "
            " Family Link Included "

Machinist's
Mate
Second Class
U.S.S. Laffey
Navy
Massachusetts
Wounded

April 16, 1945
Riverview
Cemetery
Groveland, MA
" Yes "
" Died 1997 "

  Perry, Joseph Carvalho
            N/A ~ PH ~ " Survivor "
            " Husband of Marie Ange Perry "

Seaman
First Class
U.S.S. Laffey
Navy
Massachusetts
Wounded

April 16, 1945
Pocasset Hill
Cemetery
Tiverton, RI
" Yes "
" Died 2004 "

  Peterson,  Ross Epworth
             ~ BS ~ PH ~ Missing At Sea
            " Family Link Included "

Electrician's
Mate
1st Class
U.S.S. Laffey
Navy
Arkansas
Missing In Action

April 16, 1945
Honolulu Memorial
Honolulu, HI
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Pressburger, Ramon
             ~ N/A ~ " Survivor "

Seaman
First Class
U.S.S. Laffey
Navy
New Jersey
Not Wounded

April 16, 1945
Southard ME
Churchyard
Southard, NJ
" Yes "
" Died 2002 "

  Purrick, Theodore Franklin
             ~ PH ~ " Survivor "
            " Family Link Included "

Signalman
Third Class
U.S.S. Laffey
Navy
New York
Wounded

April 16, 1945
Mount St. Mary
Cemetery
Flushing, NY
" Yes "
" Died 1984 "
   Last Names starting with " P " ~ Currently In Progress !


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Rank
Branch
of Service
State Of Residence
Died / Wounded
Date Of Incident
Cemetery /
Memorial
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Memorial
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Last Names starting with " Q " ~ There Were None Onboard !


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Rank
Branch
of Service
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Date Of Incident
Cemetery /
Memorial
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" Yes "

  Radder, Owen Glenn
            N/A ~ N/A ~ " Survivor "

Gunner's
Mate
3rd Class
U.S.S. Laffey
Navy
Wisconsin
Not Wounded

April 16, 1945
Wisconsin
Memorial Park
Brookfield, WI
" Yes "
" Died 2011 "

  Remsen, Herbert Birchell
              ~ PH ~ " Survivor "
            " Family Link Included "
            " Became a Movie & TV Actor "

Coxswain
U.S.S. Laffey
Navy
New York
Wounded

April 16, 1945
Forest Lawn
Memorial Park
Los Angeles, CA
" Yes "
" Died 1999 "

  Ring, Edward Lee, Jr.
             ~ PH ~ " Survivor "
            " Family Link Included "

Quartermaster
2nd Class
U.S.S. Laffey
Navy
Georgia
Wounded

April 16, 1945
Sunset Hill
Cemetery
Valdosta, GA
" Yes "
" Died 1985 "

  Robertson, Marvin Ganson
             ~ PH ~ " Survivor "
            " Family Link Included "

Seaman
First Class
U.S.S. Laffey
Navy
South Carolina
Wounded

April 16, 1945
Cypress
Cemetery
Lee County, SC
" Yes "
" Died 1992 "

  Robertson, Shirley Dalton
              ~ PH ~ " Survivor "
            " Family Link Included "

Seaman
First Class
U.S.S. Laffey
Navy
Virginia
Wounded

April 16, 1945
Fair View
Cemetery
Roanoke, VA
" Yes "
" Died 2010 "

  Rogowski,  Joseph
             ~ SS ~ PH ~ Killed At Sea

Coxswain
U.S.S. Laffey
Navy
Massachusetts
Killed In Action

April 16, 1945
Honolulu Memorial
Honolulu, HI
" Buried At Sea "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Rooker, Burnard Lee
              ~ PH ~ " Survivor "

Seaman
First Class
U.S.S. Laffey
Navy
Georgia
Wounded

April 16, 1945
Sunrise Memorial
Gardens
Jasper, GA
" Yes "
" Died 1999 "

  Rorie, Walter
             ~ PH ~ " Survivor "
            " Family Link Included "

Seaman
First Class
U.S.S. Laffey
Navy
North Carolina
Wounded

April 16, 1945
Forest Lawn
West Cemetery
Charlotte, NC
" Yes "
" Died 1964 "

  Rosania, Paul
             ~ PH ~ " Survivor "
            " Family Link Included "

Seaman
Second Class
U.S.S. Laffey
Navy
New Jersey
Wounded

April 16, 1945
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
" Died 2013 "

  Rothgeb,  James Trenton
             ~ BS ~ PH ~ Killed At Sea
            " Family Link Included "

Fireman
First Class
U.S.S. Laffey
Navy
West Virginia
Killed In Action

April 16, 1945
Honolulu
Memorial
Honolulu, HI
" Buried At Sea "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Rusk, George Daniel, Jr.
              ~ N/A ~ " Survivor "

Fireman
First Class
U.S.S. Laffey
Navy
Illinois
Not Wounded

April 16, 1945
Cedar
Memorial Park
Cedar Rapids, IA
" Yes "
" Died 2010 "


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            Photos ~ Awards ~ Notes
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Rank
Branch
of Service
State Of Residence
Died / Wounded
Date Of Incident
Cemetery /
Memorial
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Memorial
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" Yes "

  Samp, Edward Joseph, Jr.
             ~ PH ~ " Survivor "

Lieutenant
U.S.S. Laffey
Navy
Massachusetts
Wounded

April 16, 1945
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Obituary
" Nov. 23, 2007 "

  Scott, Claude Eugene
             ~ PH ~ " Survivor "

Chief
Electrician's
Mate
U.S.S. Laffey
Navy
Missouri
Wounded

April 16, 1945
Waverly
Cemetery
Waverly, MO
" Yes "
" Died 2008 "

  Setmire, Glenn Martin
             ~ PH ~ " Survivor "
            " Family Link Included "

Boatswain's
Mate
2nd Class
U.S.S. Laffey
Navy
Pennsylvania
Wounded

April 16, 1945
Westmoreland Cty
Memorial Park
Greensburg, PA
" Yes "
" Died 2009 "

  Shaw, William Harvey
             ~ BS ~ " Survivor "

Lieutenant
U.S.S. Laffey
Navy
Florida
Not Wounded

April 16, 1945
Antioch Baptist
Cemetery
La Crosse, FL
" Yes "
" Died 2004 "

  Sheets,  Jerome Butler
              ~ BS ~ PH ~ Killed At Sea
            " Family Link Included "

Lieutenant
( jg )
U.S.S. Laffey
Navy
Illinois
Killed In Action

April 16, 1945
Honolulu Memorial
Honolulu, HI
" Buried At Sea "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Simonis, Cyril Clemet, Jr.
            N/A ~ N/A ~ " Survivor "

Sonarman
First Class
U.S.S. Laffey
Navy
New York
Not Wounded

April 16, 1945
Long Island
National Cemetery
Farmingdale, NY
" Yes "
" Died 2003 "

  Smith, Paul Bridges
              ~ SS ~ " Survivor "

   " Click For Obituary "

Lieutenant
U.S.S. Laffey
Navy
Maryland
Not Wounded

April 16, 1945
U.S. Naval Academy
Cemetery
Annapolis, MD
" Yes "
" Died 2004 "

  Stein, Darrill William
            N/A ~ N/A ~ " Survivor "

Torpedoman's
Mate
3rd Class
U.S.S. Laffey
Navy
Oregon
Not Wounded

April 16, 1945
Eternal Hills
Memorial Gardens
Klamath Falls, OR
" Yes "
" Died 2003 "

  Strozykowski, Stanley John
            N/A ~ N/A ~ " Survivor "

Machinist's
Mate
2nd Class
U.S.S. Laffey
Navy
Maryland
Not Wounded

April 16, 1945
Glen Haven
Memorial Park
Glen Burnie, MD
" Yes "
" Died 2002 "

  Stuer, Joseph John
            N/A ~ N/A ~ " Survivor "

Fireman
First Class
U.S.S. Laffey
Navy
Pennsylvania
Not Wounded

April 16, 1945
Grandview
Cemetery
Southmont, PA
" Yes "
" Died 2008 "
   Last Names starting with " S " ~ Currently In Progress !


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Rank
Branch
of Service
State Of Residence
Died / Wounded
Date Of Incident
Cemetery /
Memorial
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Memorial
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" Yes "

  Thompson, Henry "Hank"
            N/A ~ N/A ~ " Survivor "

Carpenter's
Mate
2nd Class
U.S.S. Laffey
Navy
New York
Not Wounded

April 16, 1945
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
Died
Jan. 1, 1995

  Thomsen,  Robert Clarence
              ~ BS ~ PH ~ Killed At Sea
            " Family Link Included "

Ensign
U.S.S. Laffey
Navy
Oregon
Killed In Action

April 16, 1945
River View
Cemetery
Portland, OR
" Yes "

  Townsley, James G.
             ~ SS ~ " Survivor "

Ensign
U.S.S. Laffey
Navy
Ohio
Not Wounded

April 16, 1945
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Obituary
" Jan. 9, 2004 "
   Last Names starting with " T " ~ Currently In Progress !


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            Photos ~ Awards ~ Notes
Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
State Of Residence
Died / Wounded
Date Of Incident
Cemetery /
Memorial
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Memorial
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Last Names starting with " U " ~ There Were None Onboard !


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Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
State Of Residence
Died / Wounded
Date Of Incident
Cemetery /
Memorial
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Memorial
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Last Names starting with " V " ~ Currently Being Researched !


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Rank
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State Of Residence
Died / Wounded
Date Of Incident
Cemetery /
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Memorial
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  Waite, Stephen James
            N/A ~ BS PH ~ " Survivor "

Machinist's
Mate
1st Class
U.S.S. Laffey
Navy
New York
Not Wounded

April 16, 1945
North Prairie
Cemetery
Scarville, IA
" Yes "
" Died 1999 "

  Walker, Warren G.
             ~ N/A ~ " Survivor "

Chief
Gunner's
Mate
U.S.S. Laffey
Navy
Alabama
Not Wounded

April 16, 1945
Rose Hill
Memorial Gardens
Tullahoma, TN
" Yes "
" Died 2001 "

  Warner, David Lewis
             ~ PH ~ " Survivor "

Fireman
First Class
U.S.S. Laffey
Navy
Illinois
Not Wounded

April 16, 1945
Cremated
" Yes "
" Died 2010 "

  Waters,  Earl Eldridge
             ~ PH ~ Wounded At Sea
            " Family Link Included "

Pharmacist's
Mate
3rd Class
U.S.S. Laffey
Navy
Colorado
Died Of Wounds

April 19, 1945
Honolulu Memorial
Honolulu, HI

" Buried At Sea "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Weiss, Daniel
            N/A ~ PH ~ " Survivor "
            " Family Link Included "

Seaman
First Class
U.S.S. Laffey
Navy
New York
Wounded

April 16, 1945
Memory Gardens
Cemetery
Colonie, NY
" Yes "
" Died 1979 "

  Weissinger, George Norbert
              ~ PH ~ " Survivor "
            " Family Link Included "

Seaman
Second Class
U.S.S. Laffey
Navy
New York
Wounded

April 16, 1945
Holy Sepulchre
Cemetery
Rochester, NY
" Yes "
" Died 2016 "

  Weygandt, Charles Anthony
            N/A ~ N/A ~ " Survivor "

Seaman
First Class
U.S.S. Laffey
Navy
Illinois
Not Wounded

April 16, 1945
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
Died
Jul. 7, 1999

  Williams, Richard
            N/A ~ PH ~ " Survivor "

Mailman
3rd Class
U.S.S. Laffey
Navy
Pennsylvania
Wounded

April 16, 1945
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
Surviving ?

  Wilson, Roscoe Simon
             ~ PH ~ " Survivor "
            " Family Link Included "

Steward's
Mate
1st Class
U.S.S. Laffey
Navy
Massachusetts
Wounded

April 16, 1945
Mount Hope
Cemetery
Boston, MA
" Yes "
" Died 1974 "

  Wingrove, Samuel Edward
             ~ N/A ~ " Survivor "
            " Family Link Included "

Watertender
1st Class
U.S.S. Laffey
Navy
Pennsylvania
Not Wounded

April 16, 1945
Rosewood
Memorial Park
Virginia Beach, VA
" Yes "
" Died 1992 "

  Wismer,  Stanley
             ~ BS ~ PH ~ Wounded At Sea
            " Family Link Included "

Gunner's
Mate
2nd Class
U.S.S. Laffey
Navy
Pennsylvania
Died Of Wounds

April 16, 1945
Arlington
National Cemetery
Arlington, VA
" Yes "

  Wood, Roy
            N/A ~ PH ~ " Survivor "

Chief
Watertender
U.S.S. Laffey
Navy
Virginia
Wounded

April 16, 1945
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
Surviving ?

  Wright,  Rosier Bernard, Jr.
             ~ PH ~ Killed At Sea
            " Family Link Included "

Electrician's
Mate
1st Class
U.S.S. Laffey
Navy
District Of Columbia
Killed In Action

April 16, 1945
Honolulu Memorial
Honolulu, HI
" Buried At Sea "
" Yes "
Cenotaph
   Last Names starting with " W " ~ Currently In Progress !


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Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
State Of Residence
Died / Wounded
Date Of Incident
Cemetery /
Memorial
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Memorial
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Last Names starting with " X " ~ There Were None Onboard !


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Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
State Of Residence
Died / Wounded
Date Of Incident
Cemetery /
Memorial
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Memorial
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Last Names starting with " Y " ~ Currently Being Researched !


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Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
State Of Residence
Died / Wounded
Date Of Incident
Cemetery /
Memorial
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Memorial
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" Yes "

  Zilempe, Vito Joseph
             ~ N/A ~ " Survivor "

Watertender
Third Class
U.S.S. Laffey
Navy
New York
Not Wounded

April 16, 1945
Long Island
National Cemetery
Farmingdale, NY
" Yes "
" Died 1976 "

  Zupon, Phillip Michael
              ~ PH ~ " Survivor "
            " Family Link Included "

Gunner's
Mate
1st Class
U.S.S. Laffey
Navy
North Dakota
Wounded

April 16, 1945
Middletown
Cemetery
Middletown, CA
" Yes "
" Died 1961 "
   Last Names starting with " Z " ~ Currently In Progress !



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