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Frederick Christian Trudel

Death 25 Oct 1944
At Sea
Burial Manila, Metro Manila, National Capital Region, Philippines
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Memorial ID 172883755 · View Source
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Husband of Cecilia Veronica Trudel who resided in New Britain, Connecticut.

Frederick served as a Machinist's Mate Second Class, U.S.S. Johnston (DD-557), U.S. Navy during World War II.

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

Frederick was declared "Missing In Action" when the Johnston, in what became known as the Battle of Leyte Gulf (aka. Battle off Samar), was hit over 50 times, by Japanese ships and sunk during the war.

He was awarded the Purple Heart.

Service # 6427445

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The Johnston lost 186 officers and men during this attack with 141 surviving. The Johnston received the United States Presidential Unit Citation, Philippine Presidential Unit Citation and six battle stars for World War II service.

Lt. Cmdr. Ernest E. Evans was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor: "The skipper was a fighting man from the soles of his broad feet to the ends of his straight black hair. He was an Oklahoman and proud of the Indian blood he had in him. We called him, though not to his face, the Chief. The Johnston was a fighting ship, but he was the heart and soul of her."

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Six U.S. ships and approximately 3,000 seaman were lost in the three day Battle of Leyte Gulf ( Oct. 23 - 26 ) which was a victory for the U.S. Navy:

U.S.S. Gambier Bay (CVE-73) ~ October 25th
U.S.S. Hoel (DD-533) ~ October 25th
U.S.S. Johnston (DD-557) ~ October 25th
U.S.S. Princeton (CVL-23) ~ October 24th
U.S.S. Samuel B. Roberts (DE-413) ~ October 25th
U.S.S. St. Lo (CVE-63) ~ October 25th

The Japanese losses were:

1 fleet carrier, 3 light carriers, 3 battleships, 10 cruisers, 11 destroyers and approximately 12,500 seaman.

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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!







  • Created by: Russ Pickett
  • Added: 18 Nov 2016
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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Frederick Christian Trudel (unknown–25 Oct 1944), Find A Grave Memorial no. 172883755, citing Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Manila, Metro Manila, National Capital Region, Philippines ; Maintained by Russ Pickett (contributor 46575736) .