Zaloga, Joseph Edward, MN2c

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Last Rank
Mineman 2nd Class
Last Primary NEC
Last Rating/NEC Group
Primary Unit
1945-1945, MN-1201, USS Aaron Ward (DM-34)
Service Years
1943 - 1945

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Home State
New York
New York
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Albany, NY
Last Address
100 Van Woert St
Albany, NY

Casualty Date
May 03, 1945
Hostile, Died
Other Explosive Device
World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Okinawa Gunto Operation
Location of Interment
Our Lady of Angels Cemetery - Colonie, New York
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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 Duty Stations
US Navy
  1944-1944, MN-1201, USS Planter (ACM-2)
  1945-1945, MN-1201, USS Aaron Ward (DM-34)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Southern France Campaign (1944)
  1945-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Okinawa Gunto Operation
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Last Known Activity
Joseph Zaloga Mineman Second Class Purple Heart Killed in Action 3 May, 1945 Joe didn't have to be aboard, in fact he stayed even though he was certain he would never make it home. He was the only surviving son, and could have requested less hazardous duty. His brother, Edward, was "an Army infantryman killed in action five months earlier in Germany on Christmas Day. Joe was 23, Ed was 26. They left behind only their sister, Helen, and mother, Catherine... Their bodies were later brought home from the Pacific and Europe and the brothers are buried alongside each other in an Albany, NY Catholic cemetery. Albany's American Legion Post 1530 is named for the brothers. A small memorial for a couple of brothers who loved America." -- Lloyd Boles

In Tribute to the Brave sailors of the USS AARON WARD (DM 34) O'er the blue Pacific The day was bright and fair-- But in their hearts, the brave men knew That death was waiting there. Into the quiet of evening The enemy came to kill-- And when they left, they left behind So many, cold and still. On picket patrol on Station Ten The Aaron Ward was found, And as the Japs came hurling by She fought back round by round. O, Death, O Death--! This thou sting! Out of the sun the kamikazes came, Certain death on glinting wings! Into the gloam of evening, Into the homesick hearts, The Angel of Death came roaring, Never, ah never, to depart! The Devil's Angel's, when they came, Turned the ship to blazing hell-- Tired and weary, sick of death, Still, she stood brave and fought back well. Early in the morning, she limped into the port, Sounds of mourning filled the air, for hymns the mates did wail, Her victory was costly, her toll was dread and dear, But as history records, she in valor, did not fail. So many like the Aaron Ward, Their stories go untold, And we today, do honor them, Our warriors as so bold. Beverly Hearn Cook
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