S2 Harold Kenneth Scott

S2 Harold Kenneth Scott

Death 26 Oct 1944 (aged 35)
At Sea
Memorial Site* Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines

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Harold, who resided in Wilmington, Delaware, served as a Seaman First Class, U.S.S. Samuel B. Roberts (DE-413), U.S. Navy during World War II.

He enlisted in the Navy on January 20, 1944 in Georgetown, Delaware.

U.S.S. Samuel B. Roberts was assigned to protect Taffy 3's small escort carriers off the eastern coast of Samar on October 25th.

A 23-ship Japanese task force appeared on the horizon and opened fire and the Roberts turned and headed toward the battle. While in the battle, which became known as The Battle off Samar, the Roberts launched her three Mark 15 torpedoes one which blew off the stern of Japanese cruiser Chōkai and totally disabled the cruiser.

During this battle with the Chōkai the Japanese first landed two hits on the Roberts. Shortly after they were hit by three 14 in (355.6 mm) shells from the Japanese battleship Kongō which tore a hole in the port side of her aft engine room.

Shortly after the order was given to the crew of the Roberts to abandon ship and she sank 30 minutes later, with 90 of her sailors.

Harold was declared "Missing In Action" in this battle in the South Pacific during the war.

He had served in the Navy for ten months at the time of his death.

He was decorated with the Purple Heart.

Service # 9064294

( Bio by: Russ Pickett )

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The Samuel B. Roberts lost 90 officers and men during this attack. The Roberts received the United States Presidential Unit Citation, Philippine Presidential Unit Citation and one battle star for World War II service.

At the U.S. Naval Academy, in Alumni Hall, a concourse is dedicated to Lieutenant Lloyd Garnett and his shipmates on Samuel B. Roberts who earned their ship the reputation as "the destroyer escort that fought like a battleship" in the Battle off Samar.

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Note: During the Battle off Samar, which was considered a U.S. Victory, the U.S. losses included:

2 escort carriers sunk:
U.S.S. Gambier Bay (CVE-73)
U.S.S. St. Lo (CVE–63)

2 destroyers sunk:
U.S.S. Johnston (DD-557)
U.S.S. Hoel (DD-533)

1 destroyer escort sunk:
U.S.S. Samuel B. Roberts
23 aircraft lost
3 escort carriers damaged
1 destroyer damaged
2 destroyer escorts damaged
1,583 killed and missing
913 wounded

The Japanese losses included:

3 heavy cruisers sunk:
Chōkai, Chikuma, & Suzuya
3 heavy cruisers damaged
1 destroyer damaged
52 aircraft
Unknown casualties

( Note by: Russ Pickett )


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  • Maintained by: Russ Pickett
  • Originally Created by: War Graves
  • Added: 8 Aug 2010
  • Find a Grave Memorial 56777517
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for S2 Harold Kenneth Scott (29 Dec 1908–26 Oct 1944), Find a Grave Memorial no. 56777517, citing Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines ; Maintained by Russ Pickett (contributor 46575736) .