|Birth: ||Jan. 31, 1924|
|Death: ||Dec. 15, 1945, At Sea|
George was the son of Howard W. and Forrest S. Wester of Romeroville, New Mexico. Identified siblings were: Howard, Newton W., Virginia, John F., Robert C., and Edward A. (1930 Census).
George enlisted on 30 Nov 1942. He served aboard the S-44 and "Died on Duty". His mother was identified as Mrs. Forest S. Wester (Burial Card).
George served aboard the S-Class submarine USS S-44. In Sep 1943, the sub departed Attu, Alaska for patrols near the Kuril Islands, north of the Imperial Japanese mainland. In route to the Kurils, she was spotted and attacked by a Japanese patrol plane, but suffered no damage. On 7 Oct 1943, the sub attacked what was thought to have been a merchantman ship. However, the ship was actually the Shimushu-class escort Ishigaki which counter-attacked. The USS S-44 attempted an emergency dive, but the sub failed to submerge. After a couple severe hits, a white pillow case was reluctantly raised to signal surrender. But, the Japanese continued to attack. Only two sailors survived and were held as POWs until the war ended. George, however, was killed in the attack.
A cenotaph for George was erected in his home state of New Mexico at the Santa National Cemetery.
Note: Entered the service from New Mexico.
Plot: Courts of the Missing
Maintained by: truchasnm
Originally Created by: CWGC/ABMC
Record added: Aug 06, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 56135142