Alm, Frederick Earl, S2c Fallen
 
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Last Rank
Seaman 2nd Class (WWII)
Last Primary Designator/NEC
SA-0000-Seaman Apprentice
Last Rating/NEC Group
Seaman Apprentice
Last Duty Station
1943-1944, SA-0000, USS Gambier Bay (CVE-73)
Service Years
1943 - 1944

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Home State
Michigan
Michigan
Year of Birth
Not Specified
 
Casualty Info
Home Town
Gladstone, MI
Last Address
504 Wisconsin Ave
Gladstone, MI

Casualty Date
Oct 26, 1944
 
Cause
Hostile-Body Not Recovered
Reason
Lost At Sea-Unrecovered
Location
Philippines
Conflict
Wars and Conflicts/World War II/Battles/Battle Off Samar
Location of Interment
Fort William McKinnley Cemetery - Manila, Philippines
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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Comments/Citation

"For extraordinary heroism in action against powerful units of the Japanese Fleet during the Battle off Samar, Philippines, October 25, 1944. Silhouetted against the dawn as the Central Japanese Force steamed through San Bernardino Strait towards Leyte Gulf, Task Unit 77.4.3 was suddenly taken under attack by hostile cruisers on its port hand, destroyers on the starboard and battleships from the rear. Quickly laying down a heavy smoke screen, the gallant ships of the Task Unit waged battle fiercely against the superior speed and fire power of the advancing enemy, swiftly launching and rearming aircraft and violently zigzagging in protection of vessels stricken by hostile armor-piercing shells, anti-personnel projectiles and suicide bombers. With one carrier of the group sunk, others badly damaged and squadron aircraft courageously coordinating in the attacks by making dry runs over the enemy Fleet as the Japanese relentlessly closed in for the kill, two of the Unit's valiant destroyers and one destroyer escort charged the battleships point-blank and, expending their last torpedoes in desperate defense of the entire group, went down under the enemy's heavy shells as a climax to two and one half hours of sustained and furious combat. The courageous determination and the superb teamwork of the officers and men who fought the embarked planes and who manned the ships of Task Unit 77.4.3 were instrumental in effecting the retirement of a hostile force threatening our Leyte invasion operations and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service."


   

 Tributes from Members  
HAND SALUTE,RIP posted by ET Pinkston, Danielle ("YeoMom" or "Pink"), PO1 35

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 Duty Stations
US Navy
  1943-1944, SA-0000, USS Gambier Bay (CVE-73)
 Combat and Operations History
  1944-1944 Battles/Battle Off Samar
 Military Association Memberships
World War II FallenUnited States Navy Memorial The National Gold Star Family RegistryMilitary Order of the Purple Heart
WW II Memorial National Registry
  2013, World War II Fallen
  2013, United States Navy Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2013, The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2013, Military Order of the Purple Heart - Assoc. Page
  2013, WW II Memorial National Registry
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  USS GAMBIER BAY (CVE 73) History
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