|Birth: ||Dec. 6, 1924|
|Death: ||Oct. 20, 1943|
FAIRFIELD RECORDER, October 1943
C.P.O. Wayne Childs Loses Life Where Tankers Collide
Chief Petty Officer Wayne Childs of the U.S. Merchant Marines was listed as one of the 88 men killed Wednesday night, Oct 20, when two oil takers, blacked out, collided off the coast of Florida, one of the tankers being heavily laden with
gasoline which ignited and almost instantly turned the vessel into a flaming inferno. Only 28 members of the crew and Navy gun crews of both tankers escaped.
Wayne Childs was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Leon Childs, now of Houston. He was born Dec . 6, 1924 at Ward Prairie. He attended the Ward Prairie school and Fairfield school. He was a member of the Ward Prairie Baptist Church. He volunteered for marine service over a year ago, and recently returning from a cruise, he visited his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. L. H. Childs and Mrs. Ben Willard here.
US Merchant Marines WWII
Lake Chapel Cemetery
Created by: Russ Teer U.S. ARMY (dis...
Record added: Sep 10, 2012
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