Bandurich, Michael, RM3c

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Last Rank
Petty Officer Third Class
Last Primary NEC
RM-0000-Radioman
Last Rating/NEC Group
Radioman
Primary Unit
1943-1945, RM-0000, USS Underhill (DE-682)
Service Years
1943 - 1945
RM-Radioman

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Home State
Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania
Year of Birth
1925
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Bethlehem, PA
Last Address
1510 1/2 Mechanic St
Bethlehem, PA

Casualty Date
Jul 24, 1945
 
Cause
Hostile-Body Not Recovered
Reason
Torpedoed
Location
Pacific Ocean
Conflict
World War II
Location of Interment
Manila American Cemetery and Memorial - Manila, Philippines
Wall/Plot Coordinates
(cenotaph)

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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1943, Recruit Training (Sampson, NY)
 Duty Stations
US Navy
  1943-1945, RM-0000, USS Underhill (DE-682)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater
  1945-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Okinawa Gunto Operation
  1945-1945 Luzon Campaign (1944-45)/Invasion of Lingayen Gulf
 Other News, Events and Photographs
 
  WWII draft card
  Jul 01, 1944, Promoted to RM3
  Sep 01, 1945, Navy Man Listed Missing Now Reported Dead1
  Apr 27, 1950, Application for WWII Compensation1
  Oct 05, 2019, General Photos
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

On the morning of  24 July 1945, about 200 to 300 miles northeast of Cape Engaño, USS Underhill's (DE-682) radar detected a Japanese "Dinah" reconnaissance plane circling the convoy about ten miles out. Her crew immediately manned their battle stations and ordered other escorts to air defense stations.

Two or three Japanese submarines were in the area. After establishing the convoy's base course, one released a dummy naval mine in the path of the convoy. When it was sighted by Underhill lookouts, the ship's commander ordered a general course change to port. When the last ship had cleared, Underhill stood in to sink the mine. After repeated direct hits by the 20-millimeter guns and 30-calibre rifle fire, the convoy realized the mine was a diversionary tactic by the Japanese submarines.

Later, sonar picked up another contact. The depth charges had brought to the surface two Kaiten, Japanese suicide manned torpedoes, each with a warhead equivalent to about two standard torpedoes. One was on either side of Underhill; the one to starboard was too close for any of Underhill's guns to bear.

At
15:15, the captain ordered flank speed, a turn onto collision course, and all hands to stand by to ram. Underhill struck the Kaiten to port, and two explosions resulted, the first directly under the bridge and magazine area, the second, a few seconds later, forward of the bridge area and more to starboard. Underhill broke in half at the forward fire room. The stern section remained upright and afloat; The bow, sticking straight up, began drifting away to starboard. The explosions flung a tremendous quantity of oily water over the aft section, knocking down men and washing some overboard, but also dousing possible fires in that portion of the ship.

RM3 Bandurich was among the men listed as missing in action and later declared dead.
   
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Service number: 8209444

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