Corp Irving Messik

Corp Irving Messik

Birth
New York, USA
Death 20 Apr 1944 (aged 22–23)
At Sea
Burial Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia
Plot Tablets of the Missing - Army
Memorial ID 56249013 · View Source
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Irving served as a Corporal, 32nd Photographic Squadron, 5th Reconnaissance Group, U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II.

He resided in the District Of Columbia prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Army on June 28, 1943 in New York City, New York. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed as a Draftsmen and also as Single, without dependents.

Irving was a passenger on the S.S. Paul Hamilton (Hull Number 227) when the ship was sunk off Algiers in the Mediterranean Sea by a aerial torpedo dropped by a German Ju 88 bomber. The ship sank within 30 seconds due to the high amount of explosives on board. A total of approximately 580 men where lost.

Irving was declared "Missing In Action" in this sinking during the war.

He was awarded the Purple Heart.

Service # 32975585

( Bio by: Russ Pickett )

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The U.S.S. Lansdale (DD-426) and the S.S. Royal Star were also sunk in this attack.
The Lansdale had a loss of Forty-seven officers and men.
The Royal Star lost only one member of their crew.

The Lansdale received four battle stars for World War II service.


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  • Added: 6 Aug 2010
  • Find a Grave Memorial 56249013
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Corp Irving Messik (1921–20 Apr 1944), Find a Grave Memorial no. 56249013, citing North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial, Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia ; Maintained by War Graves (contributor 6) .