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S1 David Thomas Austin

S1 David Thomas Austin

Death 27 May 1945 (aged 21–22)
At Sea
Cenotaph Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii, USA
Plot Courts of the Missing ~ Court 5
Memorial ID 56114354 · View Source
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Son of Mr. & Mrs. John Byrnes Austin who resided in Hazardville, Connecticut.

David served as a Seaman First Class, U.S.S. Braine (DD-630), U.S. Navy during World War II.

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

David was "Killed In Action" when the Braine was hit in quick succession by two suicide planes during the war. The first hit forward seriously damaged the bridge, and the second hit amidships and blew number two funnel overboard and demolished the amidships superstructure.

The Braine survived the attack & the war and was awarded nine battle stars for her World War II service.

David was awarded the Purple Heart.

He was buried at sea.

Service # 6430638

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Connecticuter's who died on the Braine:

Austin, Arthur D ~ EM2C
Austin, David T ~ S1
Bernabucci, Vincent A ~ RDM3C

Bio & Listing by:
Russell S. "Russ" Pickett

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  • Maintained by: Russ Pickett
  • Originally Created by: CWGC/ABMC
  • Added: 6 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 56114354
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for S1 David Thomas Austin (1923–27 May 1945), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56114354, citing Honolulu Memorial, Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii, USA ; Maintained by Russ Pickett (contributor 46575736) .