Irven Lee McNeil

Irven Lee McNeil

Birth
Death 20 Apr 1944 (aged 18)
At Sea
Burial Winston-Salem, Forsyth County, North Carolina, USA
Memorial ID 200367406 · View Source
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Irven served as a Seaman First Class, U.S.S. Lansdale (DD-426), U.S. Navy during World War II.

He resided in Forsyth County, North Carolina prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Navy on September 22, 1942 and was assigned to the U.S.S. Lansdale on August 18, 1943.

The Lansdale, while escorting Convey UGS 38 bound from Norfolk to Bizerte, was first attacked by two or three waves of German Heinkel He 111s Aircraft. One successfully released a torpedo which struck the Lansdale's starboard side forward, wrecking the forward fireroom and opening both sides to the sea.

The Lansdale's skipper, Lt. Cdr. Douglas M. Swift, ordered her abandoned when he feared the stricken ship might roll "completely over." Five minutes later she broke in half, and the stern section quickly sank. The forward section sank 20 minutes later.

Forty-eight (48) officers and men were carried down with Lansdale.

Irven was "Killed In Action" in this attack during the war.

He was awarded the Purple Heart.

Service # 6569729

The Lansdale received 4 Battle Stars for it's World War II Service.

The S.S. Paul Hamilton and S.S. Royal Star were also both sunk in this attack.
The Royal Star had only 1 crewman lost.
The S.S. Paul Hamilton, however, had a loss of approximately 580 men. "533" on the Hamilton that were lost were U.S. Soldiers and Sailors!

Special thanks to: " isabel "
for taking the photo of his headstone!

( Bio, Record, & Family Link by: Russ Pickett )


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  • Created by: Russ Pickett
  • Added: 22 Jun 2019
  • Find A Grave Memorial 200367406
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Irven Lee McNeil (18 Sep 1925–20 Apr 1944), Find A Grave Memorial no. 200367406, citing Woodland Cemetery, Winston-Salem, Forsyth County, North Carolina, USA ; Maintained by Russ Pickett (contributor 46575736) .