Labaj, Leo Edward, Cox

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Last Rank
Last Primary NEC
Last Rating/NEC Group
Primary Unit
1943-1945, COX-0000, USS Morris (DD-417)
Service Years
1942 - 1945

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Springfield, MA
Last Address
82 Linden St
Springfield, MA

Casualty Date
Apr 06, 1945
Hostile, Died
Other Explosive Device
Pacific Ocean
World War II
Location of Interment
Long Island National Cemetery - Farmingdale, New York
Wall/Plot Coordinates
J 13864

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Last Known Activity

On 6 April 1945, USS Morris (DD-417) was patrolling station A-11, a Nakajima B5N "Kate", carrying either a heavy bomb or torpedo, closed in on her. Morris's guns scored hits and set the plane afire, but could not stop it. Shortly after 1815, it crashed into the ship on the portside, between the Nos. 1 and 2 guns. Fires caused by the explosions spread quickly. Two hours were needed to bring them under control with another 30 minutes to extinguish them. Morris then returned to Kerama Retto where temporary repairs somewhat corrected her demolished bow and subsequent draft of 18 feet 3 inches, her large protrusion of plating on the starboard side, and her damaged steering.

COX Labaj was killed in action and originally buried at the
Army Cemetery in Kerama Retto. In 1949, his remains were returned to his family for burial in the US.

Service number: 6667007

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 Duty Stations
US Navy
  1943-1945, COX-0000, USS Morris (DD-417)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1943 Aleutians Islands Campaign (1942-43)/Invasion & Occupation of Attu
  1943-1943 Aleutians Islands Campaign (1942-43)/Invasion & Occupation on Kiska
  1944-1944 Marshall Islands Operation (1944)/Battle of Roi-Namur Island
  1944-1944 New Guinea Campaign (1943-44)/Battle of Sansapor
  1944-1944 New Guinea Campaign (1943-44)/Battle of Wakde
  1944-1944 Marshall Islands Operation (1944)/Battle of Kwajalein Atoll (Operation Flintlock)
  1944-1944 New Guinea Campaign (1943-44)/Battle of Morotai
  1944-1944 New Guinea Campaign (1943-44)/Noemfoor Island Operation
  1944-1944 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Leyte Campaign (1944)
  1944-1944 Marshall Islands Operation (1944)/Battle of Eniwetok Atoll (Operation Catchpole)
  1945-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Luzon Campaign (1944-45)
  1945-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Okinawa Gunto Operation
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Jan 23, 1943, Promoted to S2c
  Jul 01, 1943, Promoted to S1c
  May 01, 1944, Promoted to COX
  Mar 24, 1949, US National Cemetery Interment Form1
  Mar 03, 2019, General Photos
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WW II Memorial National RegistryUnited States Navy Memorial World War II FallenThe National Gold Star Family Registry
  2019, WW II Memorial National Registry
  2019, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
  2019, World War II Fallen
  2019, The National Gold Star Family Registry
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