Ens Arthur “Jug” Diirck, Jr

Ens Arthur “Jug” Diirck, Jr

Birth
Evansville, Vanderburgh County, Indiana, USA
Death 10 Aug 1943 (aged 22)
Burial Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines
Memorial ID 56755145 · View Source
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Arthur "Jug" Diirck, Jr., was the son of Arthur Diirck, Sr., and Dorothy Josephine Bender. The Diirck family name is sometimes spelled Durk, Durck or Durck. The death certificates for Arthur Sr., and for Dorothy have it spelled Diirck as does young Arthur's military records.

The 1930 US Census shows the family name spelling as being Durck. The family is living in San Antonio, Los Angles County, California, and the following family members are shown as living in the home:
Head Arthur Durck M 45 Kentucky
Wife Dorothy J Durck F 28 Indiana
Son Arthur Durck M 8 Indiana

Diirck graduated from the US Naval Academy (appointed out of the 14th California District)in June, 1942. In July, he was assigned to the USS VINCENNES on temporary aviation duty. On the night of August 8-9, 1942, the First Battle of Savo Island began when the VINCENNES was attacked by the Japanese 8th Fleet commanded by Vice Admiral Gunichi Mikawa.

The battle took place on August 8–9, 1942 and was the first major naval engagement of the Guadalcanal campaign; the first of several naval battles in the straits later named Ironbottom Sound, near the island of Guadalcanal. At approximately 0200 hours, Japanese search lights lit the VINCENNES up in the night and opened up a salvo of eight-inch armor-piercing shells that racked the VINCENNES. Soon the ship was struck with by torpedoes and was dead in the water. The captain ordered the crew to abandon ship and the VINCENNES soon rolled over and samk in 500 fathoms of water. The battle has often been cited as the worst defeat in the history of the United States Navy. Approximately 332 crew members were killed in the sinking; one of those was Arthur Diirck.

At the time of Arthur's death, his parents were living at 329 N. Westmoreland Avenue, Los Angeles, California.

Ensign Arthur Diirck, Jr., Sn# 0-165430, earned the following badges/decorations for his service during World War II:
- Purple Heart Medal
- Combat Action Ribbon
- American Defense Medal
- Asiatic-Pacific Theater of Operations Campaign Medal with one bronze battle/campaign star
- World War II Victory Medal


Family Members

Gravesite Details Entered the service from California.

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  • Maintained by: Rick Lawrence
  • Originally Created by: War Graves
  • Added: 8 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 56755145
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Ens Arthur “Jug” Diirck, Jr (15 May 1921–10 Aug 1943), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56755145, citing Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines ; Maintained by Rick Lawrence (contributor 47207615) .