|Death: ||Mar. 9, 1944|
Water Tender, Second Class
Served with the US Coast Guard. Killed in action. His mother, Mrs. Mary Bordovsky, Oakwood Lane, Dallas, was notified of his death.
Awards: Purple Heart
USS LEOPOLD DE 319
WT2C Gilbert A Bordovsky was a member of the crew of DE 319. The mission of USS Leopold was to escort convoys to Great Britain and the Mediterranean protecting the ships from German submarines and U-boats.
On March 9, 1944, Leopold was on such a mission and came under attack by German U-255. USS Leopold was the first destroyer escort to be sunk by the German U-255 torpedo, which was one of the German's new munitions and at that time not detectable. After being struck by a torpedo late in the day on March 9th, the ship finally sank early the next morning in the stormy icy waters in 30 to 50 foot seas south of Iceland on March 10, 1944. 171 sailors were killed with only 28 surviving the attack.
Note: Entered the service from Texas.
Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial
South Cambridgeshire District
Plot: Tablets of the Missing
Maintained by: svanwyk
Originally Created by: CWGC/ABMC
Record added: Aug 06, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 56287942
May you rest in peace.|
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