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Raphael Joseph Ratti

Death 7 May 1942
At Sea
Burial Manila, Metro Manila, National Capital Region, Philippines
Plot Tablets Of The Missing
Memorial ID 170993927 · 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 May 8, 1943, 1 year and 1 day after he went missing as was the custom.

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Son of James Ratti who resided in East Hartford, Connecticut.

Raphael served as a Fireman First Class, U.S.S. Sims (DD-409), U.S. Navy during World War II.

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

The Sims was escorting the U.S.S. Neosho, an oiler ship during this time and they were alone and not a part of any task force.

The Sims & the Neosho were attacked by 36 Japanese Val dive bombers from all directions. Almost immediately the Neosho was in flames. The Neosho stayed afloat for four more days before being abandoned with her 123 survivors being rescued by the U.S.S. Henley (DD-391). The Henley then sank the severely damaged ship on May 11, 1942.

The Sims defended herself as best she could. However, three 250 kg (551 lb) bombs hit the destroyer. Two exploded in the engine room, and within minutes, the ship buckled amidships and began to sink, stern first.

Raphael was declared "Missing In Action" in this sinking of the Sims which was considered part of the Battle of The Coral Sea during the war.

He was awarded the Purple Heart.

Service # 2072321

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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: 8 Oct 2016
  • Find A Grave Memorial 170993927
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Raphael Joseph Ratti (unknown–7 May 1942), Find A Grave Memorial no. 170993927, citing Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Manila, Metro Manila, National Capital Region, Philippines ; Maintained by Russ Pickett (contributor 46575736) .