Ketza, Norbert Frank, PhM3c

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Last Rank
Petty Officer Third Class
Last Primary NEC
PhM-0000-Pharmacist Mate
Last Rating/NEC Group
Pharmacist's Mate
Primary Unit
1943-1945, PhM-0000, USS Ticonderoga (CV-14)
Service Years
1943 - 1945
PhM-Pharmacist's Mate

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Chicago, IL
Last Address
2736 W. Cermak Rd.
Chicago, IL
(Parents~Mr & Mrs Joseph S Ketza)

Casualty Date
Jan 21, 1945
Non Hostile- Died of Illness, Other Injury
Pacific Ocean
World War II
Location of Interment
Manila American Cemetery - Taguig City, Philippines
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Tablets of the Missing (Cenotaph)

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 Military Association Memberships
World War II FallenUnited States Navy Memorial The National Gold Star Family RegistryWW II Memorial National Registry
  2016, World War II Fallen
  2016, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
  2016, The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2016, WW II Memorial National Registry

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Corpsman! posted by Daiute, Paul C., HM3 80
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 Duty Stations
USS Ticonderoga (CV-14)
  1943-1945, PhM-0000, USS Ticonderoga (CV-14)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1944 Leyte Campaign (1944)/Battle of Leyte Gulf
  1944-1944 Leyte Campaign (1944)/Battle of Samar
  1944-1944 Luzon Campaign (1944-45)/Battle of Mindoro
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Oct 09, 1943, Service Entry Date & Serial Number 726-94-73
  May 08, 1944, USS Ticonderoga Commissioning Crew [Rank of HA2c (E-2)]
  Jul 01, 1944, Promoted to HA1c (E-3)
  Aug 01, 1944, Promoted to PhM3c (E-4)
  Jan 21, 1945, Killed in Action. Buried at Sea
  Aug 12, 2012, General Photos2
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Attacks on South Japanese Islands
The three task groups of TF 38 completed their transit during the night of 20–21 January. The next morning, aided by favorable flight conditions, their aircraft hit airfields on Formosa, in the Pescadores, and at Sakishima Gunto. While it allowed American flight operations to continue through the day, it also allowed for Japanese kamikaze operations.

Just after noon, a single-engine Japanese aircraft scored a hit on Langley with a glide-bombing attack. Seconds later, a kamikaze swooped out of the clouds and plunged toward Ticonderoga. The aircraft crashed through the ship's flight deck abreast of the No. 2 5 in (130 mm) mount, and its bomb exploded just above her hangar deck. Several aircraft stowed nearby erupted into flames and men were killed. While the crew were ordered into action to save the endangered carrier, Captain Kiefer conned his ship skilfully. First, he changed course to keep the wind from fanning the blaze. Then, he ordered magazines and other compartments flooded to prevent further explosions and to correct a 10° starboard list. Finally, he instructed the damage control party to continue flooding compartments on Ticonderoga's port side which induced a 10° port list which dumped the fire overboard. Firefighters and aircraft handlers completed the dangerous job of dousing the flames and jettisoning burning aircraft.

Other kamikaze then assailed the carrier. Her antiaircraft gunners shot down three which all crashed into the sea, but a fourth aircraft struck the carrier's starboard side near the island. Its bomb set more aircraft on fire, riddled her flight deck, and injured or killed another 100 sailors, with Captain Kiefer one of the wounded. Ticonderoga's crew continued their efforts and spared further attacks, they brought her fires completely under control not long after 1400; and Ticonderoga retired.

Name of Award
Navy Cross
Year Awarded
Details behind Award:
Awarded for actions during World War II

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Pharmacist's Mate Third Class Norbert Frank Ketza (NSN: 7269493), United States Naval Reserve, for extraordinary heroism and conspicuous devotion to duty while serving as a Medical Corpsman on board the Aircraft Carrier U.S.S. TICONDEROGA (CV-14), during enemy air attacks on 21 January 1945. While working with a repair party he made many trips into smoke-filled compartments to rescue men who had been overcome with smoke. This was done with complete disregard for his own personal safety and without benefit of a rescue breathing apparatus. Each man brought out by him was revived. On the last trip he himself was overcome and could never be revived. His actions were at all times inspiring and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service, in that he gave his own life in saving the lives of several of his shipmates.
General Orders: Commander in Chief Pacific: Serial 03625 (May 3, 1945)
Action Date: January 21, 1945
Service: Navy
Rank: Pharmacist's Mate Third Class
Ship: U.S.S. Ticonderoga (CV-14)
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