Akers, Alfred Howard, Jr., EM3c

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Last Rank
Petty Officer Third Class
Last Primary NEC
EM-0000-Electrician's Mate
Last Rating/NEC Group
Electrician's Mate
Primary Unit
1942-1944, EM-0000, USS Reid (DD-369)
Service Years
1941 - 1944
EM-Electrician's Mate

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Home State
Missouri
Missouri
Year of Birth
1924
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
St. Louis, MO
Last Address
4549 Forest Park Blvd
St Louis, MO

Casualty Date
Dec 11, 1944
 
Cause
Hostile-Body Not Recovered
Reason
Other Explosive Device
Location
Pacific Ocean
Conflict
World War II
Location of Interment
Manila American Cemetery - Taguig City, Philippines
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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1941, Recruit Training (San Diego, CA)
 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
US Navy
  1942-1942, AS-0000, USS President Hayes (AP-39)
  1942-1944, EM-0000, USS Reid (DD-369)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 Aleutians Islands Campaign (1942-43)/Japanese Occupation of Attu and Kiska
  1943-1943 New Guinea Campaign (1943-44)/Battle of Arawe
  1944-1944 New Guinea Campaign (1943-44)/Battle of Wakde
  1944-1944 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Northern Solomon Islands Campaign (1943-44)
  1944-1944 Leyte Campaign (1944)/Battle of Ormoc Bay
 Other News, Events and Photographs
 
  Mar 01, 1943, Promoted to EM3
  Dec 24, 2013, General Photos2
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

USS Reid (DD-369) was protecting a re-supply force of amphibious craft bound for Ormoc Bay off the west coast of Leyte. At about 1700 hours, twelve enemy planes approached the convoy. The Reid was the nearest ship to the oncoming planes. Planes 1 and 2 were shot down by the 5-inch battery, and Plane 3 exploded about 500 yards off the starboard beam. Plane 4 hooked a wing on the starboard rigging, crashing at the waterline. Its bomb exploded, causing considerable damage forward. Plane 5 strafed the starboard side and crashed on the port bow. Plane 6 strafed the bridge from the port side and crashed off the starboard bow. Planes 5 and 6 apparently had no bombs or their bombs were duds. Plane 7 came in from astern, strafed Reid and crashed into the port quarter. Its bomb exploded in the after magazine, blowing the ship apart. All this action took place in less than a minute. The ship was mortally wounded but still doing 20 knots. As the stern opened up, she rolled violently, then lay over on her starboard side and dove to the bottom at 600 fathoms. It was over in less than two minutes, and 103 crewmen went down with her.

EM3 Akers was among the men listed as missing in action and later declared dead.
   
Comments/Citation

Navy Cross
Awarded for Actions During World War II
Service: Navy
Division: U.S.S. Reid (DD-369)
Citation: The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Electrician's Mate Third Class Alfred Howard Akers, Jr. (NSN: 3377714), United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty in action against the enemy while serving on board the Destroyer U.S.S. REID (DD-369), in action against the enemy on 11 December 1944, in the Mindanao Sea in the Philippine Islands. Electrician's mate Third Class Akers demonstrated outstanding heroism and self-sacrifice in assisting a wounded shipmate escape from the U.S.S. REID, while she was afire and sinking as the result of an enemy air attack on
11 December 1944. Although the ship was literally ripped apart in the vicinity of his battle station, the steering motor room, and was already flooding through his escape hatch, Electricians Mate Third Class Akers forfeited his opportunity to escape in order to assist a wounded shipmate up through the hatch and into the clear. Within seconds the ship rolled over and sank. The gallant courage and spirit of self-sacrifice displayed by Electrician's Mate Third Class Akers exemplifies the highest traditions of the Navy of the United States. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
   
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