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F1c Henry Martin Demenchuk

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F1c Henry Martin Demenchuk

Birth
Wilmington, New Castle County, Delaware, USA
Death
4 May 1945 (aged 26)
At Sea
Memorial Site*
Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii, USA

* A structure erected in honor of someone whose remains lie elsewhere.

Plot
Courts of the Missing
Memorial ID
56128627 View Source

Henry, who resided at 628 New Castle Avenue, Wilmington, Delaware, served as a Fireman First Class, U.S.S. Luce ( DD-522 ), U.S. Navy during World War II.

He enlisted in the Navy on May 19, 1943 and reported for duty on the U.S.S. Luce on August 30, 1943.

The " Luce ", in the beginning of April, 1945, was assigned radar picket duty in and around the Kerama Islands which were located southwest of Okinawa Island in Japan.

On May 4th at about 7:40 a.m. they were attacked by two Japanese kamikaze (suicide) planes on their portside. The " Luce " shot down one, but the explosion from the bomb it carried caused a power failure. Unable to bring her guns to bear in time, she was struck in the aft section by the second kamikaze.

The port engine was knocked out, engineering spaces flooded, and the rudder jammed. At 8:14 a.m. the " Luce " took a heavy list to starboard and the order to abandon ship was passed.

Moments later she slid beneath the surface in a violent explosion carrying " 141 " of her 312 officers and men with her.

Henry was declared "Missing In Action" in this sinking off Okinawa during the war.

He had served the Navy for two years and was decorated with a Purple Heart.

Service # 8263968

Son of Harry Demenchuk and Mary Zaleskey Demenchuk.

Husband of Helen Alabrudzinska Demenchuk.

( Bio by: Russ Pickett )

Henry, who resided at 628 New Castle Avenue, Wilmington, Delaware, served as a Fireman First Class, U.S.S. Luce ( DD-522 ), U.S. Navy during World War II.

He enlisted in the Navy on May 19, 1943 and reported for duty on the U.S.S. Luce on August 30, 1943.

The " Luce ", in the beginning of April, 1945, was assigned radar picket duty in and around the Kerama Islands which were located southwest of Okinawa Island in Japan.

On May 4th at about 7:40 a.m. they were attacked by two Japanese kamikaze (suicide) planes on their portside. The " Luce " shot down one, but the explosion from the bomb it carried caused a power failure. Unable to bring her guns to bear in time, she was struck in the aft section by the second kamikaze.

The port engine was knocked out, engineering spaces flooded, and the rudder jammed. At 8:14 a.m. the " Luce " took a heavy list to starboard and the order to abandon ship was passed.

Moments later she slid beneath the surface in a violent explosion carrying " 141 " of her 312 officers and men with her.

Henry was declared "Missing In Action" in this sinking off Okinawa during the war.

He had served the Navy for two years and was decorated with a Purple Heart.

Service # 8263968

Son of Harry Demenchuk and Mary Zaleskey Demenchuk.

Husband of Helen Alabrudzinska Demenchuk.

( Bio by: Russ Pickett )

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