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S1 Warner Gilbert, Jr

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S1 Warner Gilbert, Jr

  • Birth 1925 Union County, Mississippi, USA
  • Death 30 Jul 1945 At Sea
  • Burial Manila, Metro Manila, National Capital Region, Philippines
  • Memorial ID 56788313

Seaman Warner Gilbert Jr was on board the USS Indianapolis when she sailed the South Pacific from Guam toward the Philippines in late July 1945. She was torpedoed en route by a Japanese submarine and quickly sank in shark-infested waters. Here are the statistics from the USS Indianapolis memorial website:

"Of the 1,196 aboard, about 900 made it into the water in the twelve minutes before she sank. Few life rafts were released. Most survivors wore the standard kapok life jacket. Shark attacks began with sunrise of the first day, and continued until only 316 men were still alive when rescued, almost five days later."

The Navy records showed 320 survivors, of whom four died shortly after being rescued. The Indianapolis survivors' association after more research determined that 321 survivors were pulled alive out of the water.

USS Indianapolis memorial website

Full list of crew and officers of the Indianapolis

Warner Gilbert family page


Family Members

Parents
Siblings
Gravesite Details Entered the service from Mississippi.

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  • Maintained by: Chris Mills
  • Originally Created by: CWGC/ABMC
  • Added: 8 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 56788313
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for S1 Warner Gilbert, Jr (1925–30 Jul 1945), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56788313, citing Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Manila, Metro Manila, National Capital Region, Philippines ; Maintained by Chris Mills (contributor 46897617) .