|Death: ||Jan. 6, 1945, At Sea|
William served as a Electrician's Mate First Class, U.S.S. Allen M. Sumner (DD-692), U.S. Navy during World War II.
He resided in California prior to the war.
He enlisted in the Navy on January 12, 1942 in Los Angeles, California.
U.S.S. Allen M. Sumner was in the Lingayen Gulf to support minesweeping operations. At about noon they came under attack by Japanese kamikazes. One of the kamikazes crashed into the Sumner near the after stack and after torpedo mount.
The Sumner lost 14 men Killed or Missing In Action and 19 injured of which two later died of their wounds.
William was one of the 14 crewman "Killed In Action" in this attack during the war.
He was awarded the Purple Heart.
William was buried at sea.
Service # 3163488
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Crew lost in this attack:
Arendt, Jerome J ~ EM3c, IL
Beris, Richard ~ TM3c, OH
Corring, William P ~ S1c, NY
Ellington, Harry G ~ S2c, NC, ~ "DOW"
Gillett, Lem E ~ CPHM, KS
Griffin, Fred D ~ S2c, GA
Grubb, William M ~ EM1c, CA
Hardison, Charles P ~ F1c, NC
Hoys, Andrew ~ TM3c, NJ
Johnson, Bristol R ~ S2c, NC
Nordell, John W ~ TM2c, PA
Rupracht, Ralph ~ MM2c, CA
Sullivan, Eugene F S2c, NJ
Tomlinson, James O ~ F2c, MD
Valley, Paul H ~ S2c, NH, ~ "DOW"
Weichenmaier, Sylvester C ~ SF2c, MD
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The Allen M. Sumner survived this attack and the war. She earned two battle stars during World War II, one during the Korean War, and two during the Vietnam War.
Bio & Crew Report by:
Russell S. "Russ" Pickett
Manila American Cemetery and Memorial
National Capital Region, Philippines
Plot: Tablets Of The Missing
Created by: CWGC/ABMC
Record added: Aug 08, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 56755675