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MoMM2 Lawrence Andrew Wetsky

Death 28 Sep 1943 (aged 29)
At Sea
Burial Manila, Metro Manila, National Capital Region, Philippines
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Memorial ID 56778154 · View Source
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Motor Machinist's Mate 2d Class, Lawrence A. Wetsky MIA/KIA
Official Date of Death January 8th 1946
Hometown: New Britain, Connecticut
Service # 2072242
Awards: Purple Heart, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal,
Submarine Combat Patrol Insignia
Captain: Commander James W. Coe MIA/KIA

Ship: USS Cisco (SS-290)
Mission: 1st war patrol
Mission Date: 28-Sep-43
Location: In the Sulu Sea west of Mindanao, Philippine Islands
Cause: Probably sunk by air and surface attack
Crew: of

The crew of USS Cisco were lost approximately on September 28 1943 and were officially declared KIA Jan 8 1946

Cisco sailed from Panama 7 August 1943 for Brisbane, Australia, arriving 1 September to assume local patrol duties, until 18 September, when she docked at Darwin. She put out on her first war patrol 20 September, but never returned. Japanese records tell of sighting a submarine leaking oil on 28 September in an area where Cisco is known to have been the only submarine then operating. Japanese records state this submarine was sunk by bombs and depth charges. Cisco is thus presumed to have been lost in action 28 September 1943. The only survivor from the crew was Chief Radioman Howell B. Rice (USN ret.), who was taken sick in Darwin and sent ashore to the Navy hospital prior to Cisco's final voyage.

Japanese records state that the submarine was attacked by Type 97 "Kate" attack bombers of the 954 Naval Air Squadron and the riverboat Karatsu (originally a U.S. Navy gunboat, USS Luzon (PR-7), captured by Japanese forces and put to work against her former owners).

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  • Maintained by: John Dowdy
  • Originally Created by: CWGC/ABMC
  • Added: 8 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 56778154
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for MoMM2 Lawrence Andrew Wetsky (14 Mar 1914–28 Sep 1943), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56778154, citing Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Manila, Metro Manila, National Capital Region, Philippines ; Maintained by John Dowdy (contributor 47791572) .