Deen, Loyce Edward, AMM2c

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Last Rank
Petty Officer Second Class
Last Primary NEC
AMM-0000-Aviation Machinist's Mate
Last Rating/NEC Group
Aviation Machinist's Mate
Primary Unit
1943-1944, AMMF-0000, VT-15
Service Years
1942 - 1944
AMM-Aviation Machinist's Mate

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This Military Service Page was created/owned by Tommy Burgdorf (Birddog), FC2 to remember Deen, Loyce Edward, AMM2c.

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
Manila Bay

Casualty Date
Nov 05, 1944
Hostile, Died
Artillery, Rocket, Mortar
World War II
Location of Interment
Buried at Sea, Pacific Ocean
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1942, Recruit Training (San Diego, CA)
 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
NAS Barbers PointUSS Hornet (CV-12)USS Essex (CV-9)VT-15
  1943-1943, AMMF-0000, NAS Barbers Point
  1943-1943, AMMF-0000, USS Hornet (CV-12)
  1943-1944, AMMF-0000, USS Essex (CV-9)
  1943-1944, AMMF-0000, VT-15
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1944 Leyte Campaign (1944)/Battle of Leyte Gulf
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Jun 10, 2018, General Photos
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Last Known Activity
Loyce Edward Deen was buried at sea in the aircraft he was killed in. The plane and gunner were buried at sea. This sea burial was filmed and appeared in "Victory at Sea" series. Both Deen and the plane had been shot up so badly that it was decided to leave him in it. The plane was so badly hit by 40mm anti-aircraft (AA) shells, the Navy decided to leave his body in the plane. In addition, orders also came down not to strip the plane for parts, which was quite an extraordinary tribute at the time since aircraft parts were scarce and in demand. It is the only time in US Naval history and probably US military history that an aviator was buried in his aircraft after being killed in action. (Click Back arrow of MP4 video to return to this profile.)
Altus Cemetery
Jackson County
Oklahoma, USA
Plot: CENTOGRAPH Revised 3rd Addition, Section G, Lot 11B.
Memorial Marker photo for Current Photo, courtesy of Find A Grave Member "Tammy (#47072033)"

Another Marker located at: Manila American Cemetery and Memorial 
Metro Manila
National Capital Region, Philippines
Plot: Cenopath memorial-Tablets of the Missing-buried at Sea
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