Abernethy, William Mark, M2c

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Last Rank
Petty Officer Second Class
Last Primary Designator/NEC
Last Rating/NEC Group
Primary Unit
1943-1945, USS Kidd (DD-661)
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
Brooklyn, NY
Last Address
1147 E. 28th St
Brooklyn, NY
(Wife~Mary Regina Abernethy)

Casualty Date
Apr 11, 1945
Hostile-Body Not Recovered
Other Explosive Device
Pacific Ocean
World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Okinawa Gunto Operation
Location of Interment
Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial - Honolulu, Hawaii
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Court 5 (cenotaph)

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 Military Association Memberships
United States Navy Memorial World War II FallenWW II Memorial National RegistryThe National Gold Star Family Registry
  2015, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
  2015, World War II Fallen
  2015, WW II Memorial National Registry
  2015, The National Gold Star Family Registry

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 Duty Stations
USS Kidd (DD-661)
  1943-1945, USS Kidd (DD-661)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1943 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Marshall Islands Operation
  1944-1944 Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)
  1944-1944 Leyte Campaign (1944)/Battle of Leyte Gulf
  1944-1944 Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)/Battle of Philippine Sea
  1945-1945 Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Okinawa Gunto Operation
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Bill with family1
  May 03, 1943, Service entry date & Serial Number
  Dec 24, 1943, Reported on Board USS Kidd (DD-661)
  Jan 01, 1944, Promoted to Fireman 1st Class (E-3)
  Jun 01, 1944, Promoted to Metalsmith 3rd Class Petty Officer (M3c)
  Mar 01, 1945, Promoted to Metalsmith 2nd Class Petty Officer (M2c)
  Apr 11, 1945, Missing in action 90 Miles from Okinawa Shima
  Oct 05, 2015, General Photos2
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Kidd sailed 19 February 1945, to join Task Force 58 (TF 58) for the invasion of Okinawa. Trained and battle wise, Kidd played a key role during the first days of the Okinawa campaign, screening battleships, bombarding shore targets, rescuing downed pilots, sinking floating mines, providing early warning of raids, guarding heavily damaged Franklin (CV-13), and helping to shoot down kamikazes.

While on picket station 11 April 1945, Kidd and her division mates, USS Black, USS Bullard, and USS Chauncey, with the help of Combat Air Patrol, repelled three air raids. That afternoon, a single enemy plane crashed into Kidd, killing 38 men and wounding 55. As the destroyer headed south to rejoin the task group, her fire drove off further enemy planes that were trying to finish her off. Stopping at Ulithi for temporary repairs, she got underway 2 May for the West Coast, arriving Hunter's Point Naval Shipyard 25 May.

Petty Officer Abernethey was listed as missing in action in line of duty at 1410 (2:10PM) during Jap plane crash and bomb explosion aboard ship in waters approximately 90 Miles from Okinawa Shima. 
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