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MM1 Elmer John Detzel
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Birth: Jun. 1, 1914
Death: Nov. 25, 1945, At Sea

Elmer Detzel, of Lorain, Ohio, was the son of Mr. and Mrs. George R. Detzel. Elmer served on the USS Asheville, a gun boat, during World War II. On March 3 of 1942, the ship was engaged by two enemy destroyers and was sunk approximately 300 miles south of Java. All personnel were considered Missing In Action. It was later learned one survivor, FM/2c Fred Brown, was pulled from the water. Brown died, March 1945, in a POW camp in the Celebes, N.E.I., but not before telling the story of what had happened to the Asheville. After the war, a fellow POW reported Brown's tale to the US Navy. November 25, 1945, Elmer and his shipmates were officially considered Killed In Action (Buried at Sea).


Elmer Detzel's memorial at Holy Trinity Catholic Cemetery in Lorain, OH

 
 
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 Parents:
  George Richard Detzel (1873 - 1959)
  Anna Mary Holler Detzel (1882 - 1969)
 
 Siblings:
  George Richard Detzel (1903 - 1947)*
  Marcella Detzel Krebs (1905 - 1999)*
  Francis August Detzel (1907 - 1999)*
  Clarence Anthony Detzel (1911 - 1996)*
  Elmer John Detzel (1914 - 1945)
  Marian G Detzel Alexander (1920 - 1962)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Note: Entered the service from Ohio.
 
Burial:
Manila American Cemetery and Memorial
Manila
Metro Manila
National Capital Region, Philippines
Plot: Tablets of the Missing
 
Maintained by: SandiMH
Originally Created by: CWGC/ABMC
Record added: Aug 08, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 56764900
MM1 Elmer John Detzel
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Added by: Paul Hyde Schott
 
 
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- SandiMH
 Added: May. 29, 2013
 
 
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