Alestek, Walter, SK1c

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Last Rank
Petty Officer First Class
Last Primary NEC
Last Rating/NEC Group
Primary Unit
1942-1945, SK-0000, USS Bache (DD-470)
Service Years
1942 - 1945

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Wilkes-Barre, PA
Last Address
10 Park St
Wilkes-Barre, PA

Casualty Date
May 13, 1945
Hostile, Died
Other Explosive Device
Pacific Ocean
World War II
Location of Interment
Saint Mary's Cemetery - Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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On 13 May, 1945, several enemy dive-bombers attacked the picket station off Okinawa and one completed a successful kamikaze attack on USS Bache (DD-470). The wing of the plane struck near number two stack, catapulting the plane down on the main deck amidships, with its bomb exploding about seven feet above the main deck. Forty-one of the crew were killed (16 missing in action) and 32 were injured. All steam and electrical power were lost. Fires were brought under control within 20 minutes and she was towed to Kerama Retto, Okinawa, for temporary repairs.

SK1 Alestek was killed in action. He was originally buried overseas. His remains were returned to the
US in February 1949 for burial by his family.

Service number: 6006240

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
USS Bache (DD-470)
  1942-1945, SK-0000, USS Bache (DD-470)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1943 Aleutians Islands Campaign (1942-43)/Bombardment of Kiska
  1943-1944 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Bismarck Archipelago Operation
  1944-1944 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/New Guinea Campaign (1943-44)
  1944-1944 Leyte Campaign (1944)/Battle of Leyte Gulf
  1944-1944 Leyte Campaign (1944)/Battle of Surigao Strait
  1945-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Iwo Jima Operation
  1945-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Okinawa Gunto Operation
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  May 01, 1943, Promoted to SK3
  Dec 01, 1943, Promoted to SK2
  Jun 01, 1944, Promoted to SK1
  Feb 22, 1949, Bodies of 17 Heroes Arrive1
  Mar 11, 1949, VFW to Hold Rites1
  Mar 14, 1949, Application for Heastone or Marker1
  Apr 21, 2019, General Photos
 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
WWII Memorial National RegistryUnited States Navy Memorial World War II FallenThe National Gold Star Family Registry
  2019, WWII 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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