Houdak, Joseph Victor, WT1c

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Last Rank
Petty Officer First Class
Last Primary NEC
WT-0000-Water Tender
Last Rating/NEC Group
Water Tender
Primary Unit
1944-1944, WT-0000, USS Eversole (DE-404)
Service Years
1938 - 1944
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Home State
Iowa
Iowa
Year of Birth
Not Specified
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Protivin
Last Address
Protivin

Casualty Date
Oct 30, 1944
 
Cause
Hostile, Died of Wounds
Reason
Burns
Location
Pacific Ocean
Conflict
World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Leyte Campaign (1944)/Battle of Samar
Location of Interment
Manila American Cemetery - Taguig City, Philippines
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 Duty Stations
US Navy
  1944-1944, WT-0000, USS Eversole (DE-404)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1944 Leyte Campaign (1944)/Battle of Samar
  1944-1944 Leyte Campaign (1944)/Battle of Leyte Gulf
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Last Known Activity
Not Specified
   
Comments/Citation

January, 1945

My dear Mr. and Mrs. Houdek:

It is with the deepest sympathy and regret that I write you concerning the circumstances of Joseph's death.

During the action in which Joseph lost his life, his ship, the EVERSOLE, was assigned to duty escorting the carrier group which was covering the
landing of troops on Leyte Island, in the Philippine Islands, and we participated in the now famous Second Naval Battle of the Philippine Sea.

Joseph was on watch in the after fire room at 2:29 on the morning of 29 October 1944 when we were hit by two submarine torpedoes. Although badly
scalded by live steam, Joseph assisted all his men out of the damaged fire room being further scalded in his self-sacrificing act. After all his men were out, Joseph secured the fire room and not until then did he abandon ship. The burns and injuries received as a result of his devotion to duty later resulted in his death on the 30th of October 1944, and he was given a burial at sea with full military honors on that day.

Joseph died a hero's death and will always be remembered in the prayers and hearts of us who were spared. Letters addressed to me at 208 South Orange Drive, Los Angeles, California will always reach me. Please do not hesitate to call on me for any further information. I trust that you understand that only the strictest regulations have prevented me from writing you personally much sooner than this.

Sincerely,

George E. Marix

Lt. Comdr., U.S. Navy

Formerly Commanding Officer

   
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