RD3 Bernard Aloysius Murphy, Jr

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RD3 Bernard Aloysius Murphy, Jr

Birth
Maryland, USA
Death 20 Apr 1944
At Sea
Burial Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia
Plot Tablets Of The Missing ~ Navy
Memorial ID 56249223 · View Source
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Bernard served as a Radarman Third Class, U.S.S. Lansdale (DD-426), U.S. Navy during World War II.

He resided in Lansdowne, Baltimore County, Maryland prior to the war.

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.

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

He was awarded a Purple Heart.

Service # 6023808

Son of Bernard A. Murphy, Sr.

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!

( Bio by: Russ Pickett )

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  • Maintained by: Russ Pickett
  • Originally Created by: CWGC/ABMC
  • Added: 6 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 56249223
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for RD3 Bernard Aloysius Murphy, Jr (unknown–20 Apr 1944), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56249223, citing North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial, Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia ; Maintained by Russ Pickett (contributor 46575736) .