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RdM3c Ben Conn

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RdM3c Ben Conn

Birth
Morehead, Muhlenberg County, Kentucky, USA
Death
30 Jul 1945 (aged 33)
At Sea
Burial
Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii, USA Add to Map
Plot
M 773
Memorial ID
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Radioman 3/c, U.S. Naval Reserves, World War II-Seaman Conn was listed Missing in action on 8-27-1944 while serving with Adm. Halsey's Third Fleet in the South Pacific.

He is the son of Mr. & Mrs. Millard Conn of Greenview, Illinois, and the husband of Mrs. Anna Irene Conn of 506 Springfield Hill in East Peoria, Illinois. He was working at Caterpillar Tractor Co.when he was drafted in 1942, and has been overseas for the last 18 months. He does leave one sister, and five brothers.

Conn was killed on July 30, 1945, about seven miles off the east coast of Okinawa during a kamikaze attack. The low-flying, plane hit the forward, starboard side of the USS Cassin Young (DD793) at about 3:30 am, killing 22 heroes. Ben's parents were Millard and Ethel. The ship is now a floating museum, part of Boston National Historical Park, located at the Charlestown Navy Yard, across the Harbor from downtown Boston, MA. There is a plaque with the names of all those killed at the place of impact.

Awards: Purple Heart Medal, Pacific Campaign Medal with Two Three Stars, WWII Victory Medal.
Radioman 3/c, U.S. Naval Reserves, World War II-Seaman Conn was listed Missing in action on 8-27-1944 while serving with Adm. Halsey's Third Fleet in the South Pacific.

He is the son of Mr. & Mrs. Millard Conn of Greenview, Illinois, and the husband of Mrs. Anna Irene Conn of 506 Springfield Hill in East Peoria, Illinois. He was working at Caterpillar Tractor Co.when he was drafted in 1942, and has been overseas for the last 18 months. He does leave one sister, and five brothers.

Conn was killed on July 30, 1945, about seven miles off the east coast of Okinawa during a kamikaze attack. The low-flying, plane hit the forward, starboard side of the USS Cassin Young (DD793) at about 3:30 am, killing 22 heroes. Ben's parents were Millard and Ethel. The ship is now a floating museum, part of Boston National Historical Park, located at the Charlestown Navy Yard, across the Harbor from downtown Boston, MA. There is a plaque with the names of all those killed at the place of impact.

Awards: Purple Heart Medal, Pacific Campaign Medal with Two Three Stars, WWII Victory Medal.

Bio by: david c. henderson

Gravesite Details

Entered the service from Illinois.



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  • Created by: Jeff Hall
  • Added: Dec 22, 2012
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  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/102463685/ben-conn: accessed ), memorial page for RdM3c Ben Conn (1 Jan 1912–30 Jul 1945), Find a Grave Memorial ID 102463685, citing National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii, USA; Maintained by Jeff Hall (contributor 47296194).