Bridges, Glen Loyal, F1c

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Last Rank
Fireman 1st Class
Last Primary NEC
F1c-0000-Fireman 1st Class
Last Rating/NEC Group
Fireman First Class
Primary Unit
1944-1945, F1c-0000, USS Drexler (DD-741)
Service Years
1943 - 1945
Fireman 1st Class

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Home State
Tennessee
Tennessee
Year of Birth
1922
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Union, TN
Last Address
Union, TN

Casualty Date
May 28, 1945
 
Cause
Hostile-Body Not Recovered
Reason
Other Explosive Device
Location
Pacific Ocean
Conflict
World War II
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1943, Recruit Training (Norfolk, VA)
 Duty Stations
US Navy
  1943-1944, F2c-0000, USS Mcann (DE-179)
  1944-1945, F1c-0000, USS Drexler (DD-741)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1945-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Okinawa Gunto Operation
 Other News, Events and Photographs
 
  Jun 01, 1944, Promoted to F2c
  Jan 01, 1945, Promoted to F1c
  Apr 13, 2019, General Photos
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity


USS Drexler (DD-741) departed Ulithi 27 March 1945 bound for Okinawa and dangerous duty on a radar picket station. On 28 May at 07:00, two kamikazes attacked Drexler and Lowry. The first was downed by the combined fire of the two destroyers and planes from the combat air patrol. The second tried to crash onto Lowry but missed, hitting Drexler instead and cutting off all power and starting large gasoline fires. Despite the heavy damage, she kept firing, aiding in shooting down two planes which attacked immediately after the crash. At 07:03 she was hit by another aircraft, a twin-engined "Frances" P1Y1 bomber, and the "impact rolled her on to her beam ends, causing her to sink in less than 50 seconds". Because of the speed with which she sank, casualties were heavy: 158 dead and 52 wounded.

F1c Bridges was among the men listed as missing and action and later declared dead.
   
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Service number: 8455245
   
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The National Gold Star Family RegistryWW II Memorial National RegistryUnited States Navy Memorial World War II Fallen
  2019, The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2019, WW II Memorial National Registry
  2019, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
  2019, World War II Fallen
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