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S1 Donald Richard Duryea

Birth
New York, USA
Death 21 Jan 1945 (aged 19)
At Sea
Burial Manila, Metro Manila, National Capital Region, Philippines
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Memorial ID 56751677 · View Source
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Son of Clayton C. Duryea.

Donald served as a Seaman First Class, U.S.S. Ticonderoga (CV-14), U.S. Navy during World War II.

He resided in Nunda, Livingston County, New York prior to the war.

The Ticonderoga was part of task group of TF 38 which was assigned to have their aircraft hit airfields on Formosa, in the Pescadores, and at Sakishima Gunto.

During this assignment the Ticonderoga was hit by two Japanese kamikaze planes. The first crashed through the ship's flight deck abreast of the No. 2 5 inch (130 mm) mount, and its bomb exploded just above her hangar deck causing multiple deaths and injuries for the crew.

The second one smashed into the carrier's starboard side near the island. The bomb from this kamikaze set more aircraft on fire, riddled her flight deck, and injured or killed another 100 sailors, with Captain Kiefer one of the wounded.

Donald was declared "Missing In Action" from one of these attacks during the battle.

The Ticonderoga survived the attack and later served in Vietnam.

He was awarded the Purple Heart.

Service # 6085196

The Ticonderoga received five battle stars during World War II and three Navy Unit Commendations, one Meritorious Unit Commendation, and 12 battle stars during the Vietnam War.

Bio by:
Russell S. "Russ" Pickett

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  • Created by: CWGC/ABMC
  • Added: 8 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 56751677
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for S1 Donald Richard Duryea (6 Jun 1925–21 Jan 1945), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56751677, citing Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Manila, Metro Manila, National Capital Region, Philippines ; Maintained by CWGC/ABMC (contributor 6) .