Ens Frederick Cowper Whitehead, Jr

Ens Frederick Cowper Whitehead, Jr

Birth
Death 20 Apr 1944 (aged 25)
At Sea
Burial Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia
Plot Tablets Of The Missing ~ Navy
Memorial ID 56251234 · View Source
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Frederick served as a Water Tender Third Class, U.S.S. Lansdale (DD-426), U.S. Navy during World War II.

He resided in Roanoke, Virginia 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.

Frederick was declared "Missing In Action" in this attack during the war.

He was awarded the Purple Heart.

Service # O-165102

Frederick also has a "cenotaph" in the Evergreen Burial Park, Roanoke, Virginia.
" Click Here " for that record.

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 & Family Link by: Russ Pickett )


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  • Created by: CWGC/ABMC
  • Added: 6 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 56251234
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Ens Frederick Cowper Whitehead, Jr (16 Dec 1918–20 Apr 1944), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56251234, citing North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial, Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia ; Maintained by CWGC/ABMC (contributor 6) .