Seadeek, Everett Moore, F1c

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Last Rank
Fireman 1st Class
Last Primary NEC
MM-0000-Machinist's Mate
Last Rating/NEC Group
Machinists Mate
Primary Unit
1944-1945, MM-0000, USS Longshaw (DD-559)
Service Years
1944 - 1945
Fireman 1st Class

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Home State
New York
New York
Year of Birth
1918
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Holland
Last Address
Garfield Ave
Holland, NY

Casualty Date
May 18, 1945
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Artillery, Rocket, Mortar
Location
Pacific Ocean
Conflict
World War II
Location of Interment
Hunters Creek Cemetery - Holland, New York
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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Last Known Activity

On the morning of 18 May 1945, following a grueling four-day period of fire support, USS Longshaw (DD-559), en route to her patrol area, ran aground on a coral reef just south of Naha airfield, at 0719. Other attempts to free her failing, tug Arikara (ATF-98) arrived at 0945. At 1000, tug's skipper, Lieutenant John Aikin, and Radioman First Class James J Zikus, boarded to arrange recovery and communications. Towing commenced at 1100. At 1101, Japanese shore batteries opened up, hitting the water between Arikari and Longshaw. The stranded destroyer attempted to fight back as best she could; but, as she opened fire, her bow was completely blown off by a hit in the forward magazine. When efforts to save her appeared hopeless, the order "Abandon Ship" was relayed by word of mouth from the bridge. At 1105, all hands on the bridge were killed, injured, or stunned; the Longshaw's skipper, Lieutenant Commander Clarence William Becker, was reportedly there, mortally wounded, along with Radioman Zikus of the Ariaka. At 1115, the abandon ship order reached the aft fire room and engine room. About 1200, LCI(L)-356 came alongside to remove all wounded. The ship was burning, shells were exploding in their magazines, and the decks were hot enough to cause burns; many in the rescue party were awarded medals. The casualties included 86 dead or missing, including the skipper. (The missing were later declared dead.) In addition to the dead and missing, 95 crew members were wounded, and 113 crew members survived the sinking.
 
F1c (MM) Seadeek was killed in action.
   
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Service number: 8061858
   

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  1944-1945, MM-0000, USS Longshaw (DD-559)
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  1945-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Luzon Campaign (1944-45)
  1945-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Okinawa Gunto Operation
  1945-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Iwo Jima Operation
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