LtCdr Henry Taylor Irwin, Jr

LtCdr Henry Taylor Irwin, Jr

Birth
Edgeworth, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 26 Mar 1944 (aged 27)
Memorial Site* Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines

* A structure erected in honor of someone whose remains lie elsewhere.

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Memorial ID 56767760 · View Source
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Having actually gone "Missing" on the above date, he was not officially declared by the military as being dead until December 15, 1945.

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Henry, who resided at 2311 McDonough Road, Wilmington, Delaware, served as a Lieutenant Commander and a Communications Officer with the U.S.S. Tullibee, U.S. Navy during World War II.

He resided in Wilmington, New Castle County, Delaware prior to the war.

The Tullibee was on it's fourth war patrol in the Palau Islands. She made radar contact on a convoy consisting of a large passenger-cargo ship, two medium-sized freighters, a destroyer, and two other escorts. The Tullibee made several surface runs on the transport and launched two torpedoes from her bow tubes at the target. About two minutes later, the submarine was rocked by a violent explosion. It was only learned after the war that Tullibee's torpedo had run a circular course and she had sunk herself.

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

He had served in the Navy for two years and two months at the time of his death and was decorated with a "Bronze Star", Pacific Asistic Ribbon with three Bronze Stars, a Submarine Combat Pin with three Bronze Stars, and the Purple Heart.

Service # O-080885

Husband of Elizabeth Taylor Irwin.

At the families request, his state of birth was added to his headstone (Pennsylvania) instead of his state of residence, as was normally done, (Delaware).

( Bio by: Russ Pickett )

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  • Maintained by: Russ Pickett
  • Originally Created by: War Graves
  • Added: 8 Aug 2010
  • Find a Grave Memorial 56767760
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for LtCdr Henry Taylor Irwin, Jr (11 Sep 1916–26 Mar 1944), Find a Grave Memorial no. 56767760, citing Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines ; Maintained by Russ Pickett (contributor 46575736) .