Nowak, Martin Joseph, RD2

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Last Rank
Petty Officer Second Class
Last Primary NEC
Last Rating/NEC Group
Primary Unit
1947-1950, RD-0000, USS Pledge (AM-277)
Service Years
1946 - 1950

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Home State
New York
New York
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Niagra Falls
Last Address
Niagra Falls, New York

Casualty Date
Oct 17, 1950
Hostile, Died
Other Explosive Device
Korea, North
Korean War
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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Korean War Fallen
  2017, Korean War Fallen

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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1946, Recruit Training (Great Lakes, IL), 140
 Duty Stations
Advancement Schools and CoursesUS Navy
  1946-1946, RD-0000, (RD) Radarman A School
  1947-1950, RD-0000, USS Pledge (AM-277)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1950-1950 Korean War/UN Offensive (1950)/Inchon Landing/Operation Chromite
  1950-1950 Korean War/UN Defensive (1950)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

                                  Wonsan Mine Clearance 
                        Underwater Demolition Team (UDT) 
                                    Activities off Wonsan, 
                                           October 1950



Having failed to defend adequately against the Inchon Invasion in mid-September 1950, the North Koreans were not to be caught twice in that kind of trap. Their Soviet supporters had provided thousands of sea mines, plus technical advisors, and these began to show their effectiveness in late September as several U.S. and South Korean Navy ships struck mines off the Korean east coast, with some vessels being sunk. However, much worse was to come as the small available minesweeping force began to clear Wonsan's approaches in preparation for the forthcoming landings.

Mines were expected off Wonsan, and clearance operations began on 10 October, ten days before the planned amphibious assault. The first two days' work was encouraging, with the minesweepers receiving assistance from helicopter spotters, Underwater Demolition Team (UDT) personnel and experiments in detonating mines with bombs dropped by carrier planes. Then, on 12 October things quickly went sour as USS Pirate (AM-275) and USS Pledge (AM-277) hit mines and sank, with the Wonsan shore batteries joining in to increase the misery. With two precious ships gone, the practice of safe minesweeping became essential, slowing progress considerably.


Radarman Second Class Nowak served aboard the mine sweeper USS PLEDGE (AMS-277) in Korean waters. He was Killed in Action when his ship was sweeping enemy mines three miles off Sin-Do Island and it struck an enemy mine and sank on October 12, 1950.
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