Wilcox, Lindsey Zeb, WT2c

Deceased
 
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Last Rank
Petty Officer Second Class
Last Primary NEC
WT-0000-Water Tender
Last Rating/NEC Group
Water Tender
Primary Unit
1945-1946, WT-0000, NAS New Orleans
Service Years
1942 - 1946
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Home State
Louisiana
Louisiana
Year of Birth
1925
 
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Contact Info
Home Town
DeQuincy, LA
Last Address
Baytown, TX

Date of Passing
Nov 13, 2010
 
Location of Interment
Rigmaiden Cemetery - DeQuincy, Louisiana
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1942, Recruit Training (San Diego, CA)
 Duty Stations
USS Indianapolis (CA-35)NAVSTA GuamNAS New Orleans
  1943-1945, WT-0000, USS Indianapolis (CA-35)
  1945-1945, WT-0000, NAVSTA Guam
  1945-1946, WT-0000, NAS New Orleans
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1943 Gilbert Islands Operation/Battle of Tarawa
  1944-1944 Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)/Battle of Tinian
  1944-1944 Western Caroline Islands Operation/Battle of Peleliu
  1944-1944 Western Caroline Islands Operation/Battle for Ulithi Atoll
  1944-1944 Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)/Battle of Philippine Sea
  1944-1944 Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)/Battle of Saipan
  1945-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Iwo Jima Operation
  1945-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Okinawa Gunto Operation
  1945-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Sinking of the USS Indianapolis (CA-35)
 Other News, Events and Photographs
 
  Nov 01, 1943, Promoted to F1c
  Jan 01, 1944, Promoted to WT3
  Jun 01, 1944, Promoted to WT2
  Feb 25, 2019, General Photos
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Last Known Activity

After graduating from high school (his school only went through the 11th grade), Lindsey Wilcox went to work as an apprentice on the Missouri Pacific Railroad. A few of the jobs he did were a porter/trucker, yard clerk, and then finally became a master machinist. He enlisted in the Navy at the age of 17.

Most people have heard the story about the sinking of the USS Indianapolis (CA-35) after it was torpedoed by the Japanese on July 30, 1945. WT2 Wilcox's experience, in his own words, can be found at the Portal to Texas History website. He stated that he was working in the power room when the torpedo struck and he was able to grab a life jacket, get up to the deck, and abandon ship. He related how he was in a group of about 150 men from the time he jumped into the water until he was rescued on August 2. The men from his group were taken to the hospital in Samar where they sepnt two weeks before being sent to Guam until the end of the war.

Once he returned home, Lindsey went back to work at the railroad. Later he worked for Solvay America and then owned his own business - L.Z.Wilcox Sales. He attended many reunions of the survivors of the USS Indianapolis.
   
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