Akanowicz, Edward Walter, MM3c

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Last Rank
Petty Officer Third Class
Last Primary NEC
MM-0000-Machinist's Mate
Last Rating/NEC Group
Machinists Mate
Primary Unit
1944-1945, MM-0000, USS Drexler (DD-741)
Service Years
1942 - 1945
MM-Machinists Mate

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Home State
Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania
Year of Birth
1922
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
McKees Rocks, PA
Last Address
844 Hober Ave
McKees Rocks, PA

Casualty Date
May 28, 1945
 
Cause
Hostile-Body Not Recovered
Reason
Other Explosive Device
Location
Pacific Ocean
Conflict
World War II
Location of Interment
Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial - Honolulu, Hawaii
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Court 5 (cenotaph)

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 Duty Stations
NAVSTA Norfolk, VANAVBASE Guantanamo BayUS Navy
  1943-1943, F2c-0000, NAVSTA Norfolk, VA
  1943-1944, F2c-0000, NAVBASE Guantanamo Bay
  1944-1944, MM-0000, USS Antaeus (AG-67)
  1944-1945, MM-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
 
  WWII draft card
  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.

MM3 Akanowicz was among the men listed as missing and action and later declared dead.
   
Comments/Citation

Service number: 6530703

The information contained in this profile was compiled from various internet sources.
   
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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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