Akers, Alfred Howard, Jr., EM3c

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Last Rank
Petty Officer Third Class
Last Primary Designator/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
1942 - 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
Last Address
St. Louis

Casualty Date
Dec 11, 1944
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Drowned, Suffocated
Location
Pacific
Conflict
World War II
Location of Interment
Manila American Cemetery - Taguig City, Philippines
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 Duty Stations
Professional Schools and CoursesUS Navy
  1922-1922, (EM) Electricians Mate A School
  1942-1944, EM-0000, USS Reid (DD-369)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1944 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater
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Last Known Activity
Not Specified
   
Comments/Citation
NAVY CROSS

The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Alfred Howard Akers, Jr. (3377714), Electrician's Mate Third Class, U.S. 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.

Born: February 15, 1924 at St. Louis, Missouri
Home Town: St. Louis, Missouri
   
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