|Birth: ||Mar. 12, 1921|
|Death: ||Dec. 21, 1944, At Sea|
USNR WORLD WAR II
Motor Machinist's Mate, 2nd Class, Jerome P. Fojtik MIA/KIA
Hometown: Denver, Colorado
Ship: USS Scamp (SS-277)
Service # 0-187830
Awards: Purple Heart
Captain: Commander J.C. Hollingsworth MIA/KIA
Mission: Lifeguard duty
Mission Date: 21-Dec-44
Cause: Unknown Postwar Japanese records indicate that Scamp may have been sunk by air and escort ship attacks on 11 November, but it is also possible that she hit a mine. She was reported as presumed lost on war patrol 21 December 1944 in enemy waters.
Crew: of 83 MIA/KIA
Most of the crew were officially declared KIA Dec. 6 1945
Scamp (SS-277) earned seven battle stars for World War II service.
In order to provide rescue services for downed aviators during Saipan-based B-29 assaults on Tokyo, Scamp was ordered to lifeguard duty on 14 November.
On 16 November two attacks were made by the Japanese, one in 32°-10'N, 139°-30'E, the other in 29°-21'N, 141°-30'E. Amplifying data on these attacks reveal that on the latter attack, "Great explosive sounds came as a result of this attack." It would seem then, that Scamp was attacked several times during her period of life-guard duty. Whether she was badly damaged and with-drawing from the Japanese coast at the time of the last two attacks, is impossible to say. No attack cited here ties in with any anti-submarine attacks reported by submarines returning from patrol. It is probable that damage to Scamp became progressively more serious as she absorbed each successive attack, and she may have been withdrawing from the Empire without transmission facilities when the end came.
Motor Machinist's Mate Fojtik appears Tablets of the
Missing Honolulu Memorial Honolulu Hawaii he has a cenotaph memorial Wharton City Cemetery Wharton County Texas.
John Anton Fojtik (1889 - 1957)
Julie A Fojtik (1891 - 1971)
Anna L Fojtik (1919 - 1988)
Janie Annie Fojtik Horelica (1913 - 2002)*
Jerome Paul Fojtik (1921 - 1944)*
Jerome P. Fojtik (1921 - 1944)
Alphonse E Fojtik (1929 - 1962)*
Note: Entered the service from Texas.
Plot: Courts of the Missing
Maintained by: John Dowdy
Originally Created by: CWGC/ABMC
Record added: Aug 06, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 56130393
"There is in the wide lone sea, A spot unmark'd but holy. For there the gallant and the free, In his ocean bed lies lowly." ~ H. Lyte|
Added: Oct. 26, 2012