SM3C Edward Joseph Radka

SM3C Edward Joseph Radka

Birth
Death 24 Jul 1945
At Sea
Memorial Site* Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines

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

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Edward, who resided at 421 Porter Street, Wilmington, Delaware, served as a Signalman Third Class on the destroyer U.S.S. Underhill (DE-682), U.S. Navy during World War II.

The Underhill, a Buckley-class destroyer escort, was hit by two Japanese Kaiten manned torpedos and sank approximately 200 to 300 miles northeast of Cape Engaño during the war.

The Japanese Kaiten manned torpedos only hit and sank two other ships during the war. One was the infantry landing craft (LCI-600) with a loss of 3 men and the other was the U.S.S. Mississinewa (AO-59) with a loss of 63 crew members.

A total of 112 crew members of the Underhill perished in the explosion including the ship's Commander, LCDR Robert Masten Newcomb, while 122 survived.

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

He had served in the Navy for two years and one month at the time of his death and was decorated with a Purple Heart.

Service # 8117699

( Bio & Family Link by: Russ Pickett )

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  • Maintained by: Russ Pickett
  • Originally Created by: War Graves
  • Added: 8 Aug 2010
  • Find a Grave Memorial 56777281
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for SM3C Edward Joseph Radka (unknown–24 Jul 1945), Find a Grave Memorial no. 56777281, citing Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines ; Maintained by Russ Pickett (contributor 46575736) .