Akermann, Harry Aloysious, 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
1944-1944, S2c-0000, USS Mississinewa (AO-59)
Service Years
1944 - 1944
Seaman Second Class

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Scranton, PA
Last Address
516 S Webster Ave
Scranton, PA

Casualty Date
Nov 20, 1944
Hostile-Body Not Recovered
Pacific Ocean
World War II
Location of Interment
Manila American Cemetery and Memorial - Manila, Philippines
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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1944, Recruit Training (Newport, RI)
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US Navy
  1944-1944, S2c-0000, USS Mississinewa (AO-59)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1944 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)
  1944-1944 Leyte Campaign (1944)/Battle of Leyte Gulf
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  Jan 30, 1950, Application for WWII Compensation1
  Apr 14, 2019, General Photos
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

On 20 November 1944, USS Mississinewa (AO-59) was anchored in berth No. 131 at Ulithi. At 05:47, shortly after reveille, a heavy explosion rocked the oiler. Seconds later, fumes in an aviation gas cargo tank ignited, causing a second explosion. Massive flames immediately burst from midship forward. Bunker C oil immediately engulfed the ship, with aviation gas on top of that. The aviation gas acted like a wick. Fanned by a light wind, the fire spread aft quickly. A few minutes later the fires reached the after magazine and caused yet another explosion to tear through the ship. The ship was abandoned and soon enveloped in flames over 100 ft high. Fleet tugs were immediately brought in to try to extinguish the fire, but in spite of their efforts, at about 09:00 the ship slowly turned over and disappeared. Fifteen minutes later, the fire on the water was out and Ulithi anchorage was again quiet. This ship was the first to be hit by a Japanese Kaiten manned torpedo. The ship sank with a loss of 63 hands as well as the kaiten pilot.

S2c Akermann was listed as missing in action and later declared dead.

Service number: 2495909
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WWII Memorial National RegistryUnited States Navy Memorial World War II FallenThe National Gold Star Family Registry
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  2019, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
  2019, World War II Fallen
  2019, The National Gold Star Family Registry
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