Amweg, Clayton Emery, S2c

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Last Rank
Seaman Second Class
Last Primary NEC
S2c-0000-Seaman 2nd Class
Last Rating/NEC Group
Seaman Second Class
Primary Unit
1942-1943, S2c-0000, USS Savannah (CL-42)
Service Years
1942 - 1943
Seaman Second Class

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Home State
Ohio
Ohio
Year of Birth
1920
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Toledo, OH
Last Address
1927 Michigan St.
Toledo, OH

Casualty Date
Sep 11, 1943
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Other Explosive Device
Location
Mediterranean Sea
Conflict
World War II
Location of Interment
American Cemetery - Nettune, Italy
Wall/Plot Coordinates
(cenotaph)

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World War II FallenThe National Gold Star Family RegistryUnited States Navy Memorial WWII Memorial National Registry
  1943, World War II Fallen
  1943, The National Gold Star Family Registry
  1943, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
  1943, WWII Memorial National Registry


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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1942, Recruit Training (Great Lakes, IL)
 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
USS Savannah (CL-42)
  1942-1943, S2c-0000, USS Savannah (CL-42)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Antisubmarine Operations 15 June 1942 to 2 September 1945
  1942-1942 Algeria-French Morocco Campaign (1942)/Operation Torch
  1943-1943 Sicily Campaign (1943)/Opertion Huskey
  1943-1943 Naples-Foggia Campaign (1943-44)/Operation Avalanche
 Other News, Events and Photographs
 
  Mar 27, 1942, Service # 622 70 58
  Aug 14, 1942, Advanced from AS to S2c
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

USS Savannah (CL-42) was the first American ship to open fire against the German shore defenses in Salerno Bay. She silenced a railroad artillery battery with 57 rounds, forced the retirement of enemy tanks, and completed eight more fire support missions that day. She continued her valuable support until the morning of 11 September 1943, when she was put out of action. Savannah increased her speed to 20 kn as a KG 100 Dornier Do 217 K-2 bomber approached from out of the sun. The USAAF's P-38 Lightnings and Savannah's anti-aircraft gunners, tracking this warplane at 18,700 ft, failed to stop the Fritz X bomb, trailing a stream of smoke. The bomb pierced the armored turret roof of Savannah's No. 3 gun turret, passed through three decks into the lower ammunition-handling room, where it exploded, blowing a hole in her keel and tearing a seam in the cruiser's port side. For at least 30 minutes, secondary explosions in the turret and its ammunition supply rooms hampered firefighting efforts.  Savannah's crew quickly sealed off flooded and burned compartments, and corrected her list. With assistance from the salvage tugs Hopi and Moreno, Savannah got underway under her own steam by 1757 hours and steamed for Malta. Savannah lost 197 crewmen in this German counterattack.
   
Comments/Citation

From the muster roll of the USS Savannah:
Died at 0944 from explosion of enemy bomb. Body buried at sea 9/14/43.
   
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