|Birth: ||Aug. 8, 1919|
|Death: ||Dec. 20, 1944, At Sea|
USNR WORLD WAR II
Seaman 2nd Class Russell S. Boston MIA/KIA
Hometown: East Acron Ohio
Service # 9496144
Awards: Purple Heart, Purple Heart,European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal
Captain: Lt/Cdr. F.H. Martin, USN
Ship: USS Fogg (DE 57)
Mission: Convoy escort
Loss Date: 20-Dec-44
Location: 43° 02'N, 19° 19'W - Grid CF 2636
Fate: Damaged by U-870 (Ernst Hechler)
Complement: 186 officers and men (4 dead and 182 survivors).
Notes on event
In the morning on 20 Dec, 1944, U-870 fired torpedoes at a convoy of landing ships about 370 miles from Sao Miguel, Azores and reported USS LST-350, USS LST-369 and an escort vessel sunk. In fact, USS LST-359 was sunk and USS Fogg (DE 57) damaged by a Gnat.
USS Fogg (DE 57) was hit by a Gnat in the stern, killing four men and wounding two others. The crew fought two days to made it for the Azores, then the stern sheared off and only skeleton crew stayed aboard. Finally she reached the Azores in tow of the US Army tug USS LT-643 and USS Chinaberry (AN 61) the next day, escorted by USS Lee Fox (DE 65) and USS Ira Jeffery (DE 63). A first attempt to tow her to Boston failed due bad weather, but she at last arrived on 9 Mar, 1945. The destroyer escort was repaired and returned to service in June 1945.
Seaman Boston appears Tablets of the Missing Brittany American Cemetery and Memorial Saint-James Departement de la Manche Basse-Normandie, France. He also has a cenotaph memorial Arlington National Cemetery Arlington Virginia, his body was never recovered.
Note: Entered the service from Ohio
Brittany American Cemetery and Memorial
Departement de la Manche
Plot: Tablets of the Missing
Maintained by: John Dowdy
Originally Created by: CWGC/ABMC
Record added: Aug 07, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 56352439
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Russell S. Boston |
Seaman, Second Class, U.S. Navy
Service # 9496144
United States Naval Reserve
Entered the Service from: Ohio
Missing in Action or Buried at Sea
Tablets of the Missing at Brittany American Cemetery<...(Read more)
Added: Jul. 22, 2005