Bosun Newton Thatcher Westhill

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Bosun Newton Thatcher Westhill

Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Death 20 Apr 1944 (aged 35)
At Sea
Burial Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia
Plot Section D Row 4 Grave 6
Memorial ID 56251206 · View Source
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Newton served as a Boatswain, U.S.S. Lansdale (DD-426), U.S. Navy during World War II.

He resided in California 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.

Newton was "Killed In Action" in this attack during the war.

He was awarded the Purple Heart.

Service # 342293

Husband of Ann Marie Westhill who resided in Norwich, Connecticut.

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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