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S2 Dante William Adorante

S2 Dante William Adorante

New York, USA
Death 30 Jul 1945 (aged 16–17)
At Sea
Burial Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines
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Memorial ID 56750867 · View Source
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Son of Mr. and Mrs. Americo and Caterina "Carrie" Adorante.

Brother of America (b. 1924), Gloria (b. 1932) and a brother Ermenio (b. 1926).

Dante served as a Seaman, Second Class on the U.S.S. Indianapolis, U.S. Navy during World War II.

He resided at 71 Rohr Street, Rochester, Monroe County, New York prior to the war.

The Indianapolis was struck on her starboard bow by two Type 95 torpedoes from the Japanese submarine I-58 approximately half way between Guam and the Philippines. The explosions caused massive damage. The Indianapolis took on a heavy list, and settled by the bow. Twelve minutes later, she rolled completely over, then her stern rose into the air, and she plunged down during the war.

Out of a total crew of 1,196, approximately 310 went down with ship and approximately 880 were set adrift. The Navy was, at that time, unaware that anything had happened to the ship until survivor were seen adrift in the water. When spotted they had been adrift three and a half days. Out of the 880 only 321 survived with 4 of them dying within the next few days.

Dante was declared "Missing In Action" in this attack and sinking.

He was awarded a Purple Heart.

Service # 7850219

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Historical Notes:

The sinking of the Indianapolis led to the greatest single loss of life at sea in the history of the U.S. Navy.

The Indianapolis was assigned a secret mission which they completed only four days prior to the ships sinking. On July 16th they departed San Francisco heading to Tinian island carrying parts and the enriched uranium (about half of the world's supply of Uranium-235 at the time) for the atomic bomb Little Boy, which would later be dropped on Hiroshima. They successfully completed that mission.

Bio by:
Russell S. "Russ" Pickett


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