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Edward John Latauskas

Death 3 Mar 1942
Burial Manila, Metro Manila, National Capital Region, Philippines
Plot Tablets Of The Missing
Memorial ID 169641522 · View Source
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Having actually gone "Missing" on the above date, he was not officially declared by the military as being dead until November 25, 1945.

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Son of Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Paul Latauskas who resided in New Britain, Connecticut.

Edward served as a Pharmacist's Mate Second Class, U.S.S. Asheville (PG-21), U.S. Navy during World War II.

He resided in Hartford County, Connecticut prior to the war.

The Asheville was ordered to retreat to Australia or Ceylon after the Battle of the Java Sea.

Edward was declared "Missing In Action" when the Asheville, hampered by engine troubles and sailing alone south of Java, was attacked by Japanese destroyers Arashi and Nowaki, and the heavy cruiser Maya and sank during the war.

There was only 1 survivor from the sinking, F2c Frederick Lewis Brown, who died while a POW of the Japanese at the Java Pow Camps, D-X-Y, Batavia, Java 6-107 on March 18, 1945. If it had not been for Brown telling the story of what happened to the Asheville to his fellow POW's there would be no record of what happened.
" Click Here " to see F2c Brown's burial record.

Asheville was one of the few American surface ships lost with no known survivors by the end of the war.

He was awarded the Purple Heart.

Service # 2071386

Bio by:
Russell S. "Russ" Pickett

Special thanks to:
Janice Hollandsworth for finding that this record was not recorded at Manila!

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  • Created by: Russ Pickett
  • Added: 9 Sep 2016
  • Find A Grave Memorial 169641522
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Edward John Latauskas (unknown–3 Mar 1942), Find A Grave Memorial no. 169641522, citing Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Manila, Metro Manila, National Capital Region, Philippines ; Maintained by Russ Pickett (contributor 46575736) .