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 Leon Paul Arickx

Leon Paul Arickx

Birth
Minnesota, USA
Death 7 Dec 1941 (aged 22)
Pearl Harbor, Honolulu County, Hawaii, USA
Burial Osage, Mitchell County, Iowa, USA
Memorial ID 45385526 · View Source
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Died in Pearl Harbor during the war.
Age: 22
Navy Seaman First Class aboard the USS Oklahoma
Missing in action durng the attack on Pearl Harbor
Awarded the Purple Heart
Picture is from the Memorial wall at Pearl Harbor
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WATERLOO DAILY COURIER, WATERLOO, IOWA, THURSDAY, JULY 8, 1943, PAGE SEVENTEEN

OSAGE COUPLE GIVEN DECORATION AWARDED POSTHUMOUSLY TO SON
Osage, Ia.--Mr. and Mrs. Charles Arickx of Mitchell have received the Purple Heart award, posthumously awarded to their son, Leon Arickx, seaman first class, who lost his life in action at Pearl Harbor Dec. 7, 1941. The certificate of award and the purple heart medal were sent by Frank Knox, secretary of the navy. Leon was aboard the Oklahoma.
Thank you,Eric Ackerman
Topeka, Kansas
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The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced (2 Feb 2018) that U.S. Navy Seaman 1st Class (S1C) Leon Arickx, killed during the attack on the USS Oklahoma (BB-37) in World War II, has been identified and accounted for.

On Dec. 7, 1941, Arickx was assigned to the USS Oklahoma, which was moored at Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, when the ship was attacked by Japanese aircraft. The USS Oklahoma sustained multiple torpedo hits, which caused it to quickly capsize. The attack on the ship resulted in the deaths of 429 crewmen, including Arickx.

In 2015, DPAA disinterred remains from the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, known as the Punchbowl, in Honolulu.

Arickx's name is recorded on the Courts of the Missing at the Punchbowl (Find A Grave Memorial 56114195), along with the others who are missing from World War II. A rosette will be placed next to his name to indicate he has been accounted for.

Awarded the Purple Heart, Combat Action Ribbon, American Campaign Medal & World War II Victory Medal; Service #3214207
From FAG Contributor: SBR


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  • Created by: DM Scott
  • Added: 13 Dec 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 45385526
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Leon Paul Arickx (28 Dec 1918–7 Dec 1941), Find A Grave Memorial no. 45385526, citing Sacred Heart Cemetery, Osage, Mitchell County, Iowa, USA ; Maintained by DM Scott (contributor 47110289) .