MoMM2 Walter Gardener Keen, Jr

MoMM2 Walter Gardener Keen, Jr

Death 16 Aug 1945
Burial Draguignan, Departement du Var, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France
Plot Plot D Row 1 Grave 22
Memorial ID 56510891 · View Source
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Son of Walter Gardener Keen, Sr. and Janet Barker Keen.

Husband of Dell M. Warner Keen.

He resided on 122 Delaware Avenue, Wilmington, New Castle County, Delaware prior to the war.

Walter served as a Motor Machinist's Mate Second Class on U.S.S. LST 282, U.S. Navy during World War II.

He "Died Of Wounds" received when LST 282 was hit by a German Henschel Hs 293 radio-controlled glide bomb the day before on August 15th in the invasion of Southern France during World War II.

He had served in the Navy for one year and ten months at the time of his death and was decorated with a Purple Heart.

Service # 7225523

Bio by:
Russell S. "Russ" Pickett

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Below mission info submitted by:
Dwight "Andy" Anderson

The Landing Ship Tank, U.S.S. LST-282, was sunk by a single Henschel Hs 293 radio- controlled glide bomb, an attack which cost 40 lives aboard the ship.

Remaining defiantly afloat and heavily aflame, LST-282 continued to drift towards Green Beach while suffering numerous ammunition detonations before she finally grounded to the left flank of the beachhead. Sinking in the shallow water with the majority of her hull and superstructure above water, fires continued to burn aboard LST-282 for over two days before they finally ran out of fuel, leaving the ship a charred hulk.

Reboarded and found to be beyond salvage, LST-282 was declared a war loss on August 17th, 1944 and left in her sad state for the duration of the war. Postwar, much of the wreck was salvaged for scrap steel but much of the ship’s lower engine room and fittings remain onsite today.




  • Maintained by: Russ Pickett
  • Originally Created by: War Graves
  • Added: 7 Aug 2010
  • Find a Grave Memorial 56510891
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for MoMM2 Walter Gardener Keen, Jr (unknown–16 Aug 1945), Find a Grave Memorial no. 56510891, citing Rhone American Cemetery and Memorial, Draguignan, Departement du Var, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France ; Maintained by Russ Pickett (contributor 46575736) .