Atanasoff, Keyro, SSMB3

Fallen
 
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Last Rank
Petty Officer Third Class
Last Primary NEC
SSMB-0000-Ship's Serviceman Barber
Last Rating/NEC Group
Ship's Serviceman Barber
Primary Unit
1944-1945, SSMB-0000, USS Franklin (CV-13)
Service Years
1943 - 1945
SSMB-Ship's Serviceman Barber

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Home State
Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania
Year of Birth
1913
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Steelton, PA
Last Address
215 Francis St
Steelton, PA

Casualty Date
Mar 19, 1945
 
Cause
Hostile-Body Not Recovered
Reason
Other Explosive Device
Location
Pacific Ocean
Conflict
World War II
Location of Interment
Baldwin Cemetery - Steelton, Pennsylvania
Wall/Plot Coordinates
(memorial marker)

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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1943, Recruit Training (Newport, RI)
 Duty Stations
USS Franklin (CV-13)
  1944-1945, SSMB-0000, USS Franklin (CV-13)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1944 Leyte Campaign (1944)/Battle of Sibuyan Sea
  1944-1944 Leyte Campaign (1944)/Battle of Leyte Gulf
  1944-1944 Leyte Campaign (1944)/Battle of Cape Engano
  1944-1944 Western Caroline Islands Operation/Battle of Peleliu
  1944-1944 Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)/Battle of Guam
  1945-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Okinawa Gunto Operation
 Other News, Events and Photographs
 
  WWII Draft Card
  Jun 23, 1950, WWII Compensation Application1
  Sep 15, 2019, General Photos
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

Before dawn on 19 March 1945, USS Franklin (CV-13), which had maneuvered to within 50 miles of the Japanese mainland, closer than any other U.S. carrier during the war, launched a fighter sweep against Honshū and later a strike against shipping in Kobe Harbor. Suddenly, a single aircraft – possibly a Yokosuka D4Y "Judy" dive bomber, though other accounts suggest an Aichi D3A "Val", also a dive bomber – pierced the cloud cover and made a low level run on the ship to drop two semi-armor-piercing bombs. One bomb struck the flight deck centerline, penetrating to the hangar deck, causing destruction and igniting fires through the second and third decks, and knocking out the Combat Information Center and air plot. The second hit aft, tearing through two decks. Franklin was dead in the water, without radio communications, and broiling in the heat from enveloping fires. Many of the crew were blown overboard, driven off by fire, killed or wounded, but the hundreds of officers and enlisted who voluntarily remained saved their ship.

SSMB3 Atanasoff was among the men listed as missing in action and later declared dead.
   
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Service number: 8198682

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