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Ens Richard Andrea Arrighi

Ens Richard Andrea Arrighi

Birth
Hempstead, Nassau County, New York, USA
Death 13 Jun 1943 (aged 26)
At Sea
Burial Manhattan, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
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Memorial ID 56662208 · View Source
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Son of Mrs. Florence Emma Arrighi who resided in Point Lookout, New York.

Richard served as an Ensign, U.S.C.G.C. Escanaba (WPG-77), U.S. Coast Guard during World War II.

He resided in Point Lookout, Nassau County, New York prior to the war.

The Escanaba was on escort duty from Narsarsuaq, Greenland to St. John's, Newfoundland.

During this escort flame and dense smoke were seen rising from the Escanaba, though no explosion was heard by the other ships in the convoy, and she sank within minutes taking 13 officers and 92 men.

Two men, Boatswain's Mate 2nd Class Melvin A. Baldwin and Seaman 1st Class Raymond F. O'Malley, Jr. were rescued and they found the body of Executive Officer Lt. Robert Henry Prause, Jr.

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

He was awarded the Navy-Marine Corps Medal and the Purple Heart.

Service # unknown

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Historical Note:

The U.S.C.G.C. Escanaba (WPG-77), on February 3, 1943, participated in the rescue of the survivors of the S.S. Dorchester, which had been torpedoed by a German submarine.

The rescue was marked by the Escanaba's historic first use of rescue swimmers clad in survival suits to aid survivors who were too weakened by shock or hypothermia in the icy water to pull themselves up cargo nets or sea ladders to the safety and warmth of rescuers' ships, or even to hold on to ropes cast to them from the rescue vessel.

By way of the lines the rescue swimmers tied around those who were having trouble helping themselves, many struggling survivors who, debilitated by the cold, would have otherwise been consigned to a watery grave were able to be hauled aboard the Escanaba by crewmen on deck.

( Bio by: Russ Pickett )


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  • Maintained by: Russ Pickett
  • Originally Created by: CWGC/ABMC
  • Added: 8 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 56662208
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Ens Richard Andrea Arrighi (25 Apr 1917–13 Jun 1943), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56662208, citing East Coast Memorial, Manhattan, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA ; Maintained by Russ Pickett (contributor 46575736) .