Becker, William Joseph, RdM2c

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

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Wilmerding, PA
Last Address
503 Larimer Ave
Turtle Creek, PA

Casualty Date
May 13, 1945
Hostile, Died
Other Explosive Device
Pacific Ocean
World War II
Location of Interment
National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific - Honolulu, Hawaii
Wall/Plot Coordinates
F 252

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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.

RdM2 Becker was killed in action.

Service number: 6529404

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
USS Bache (DD-470)
  1942-1945, RD-0000, USS Bache (DD-470)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1943 Aleutians Islands Campaign (1942-43)/Bombardment of Kiska
  1944-1944 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 Surigao Strait
  1944-1944 Leyte Campaign (1944)/Battle of Leyte Gulf
  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 RdM3
  Feb 01, 1944, Promoted to RdM2
  May 23, 1950, Application for WWII Compensation1
  Oct 25, 2019, General Photos
 Military Association Memberships
WWII Memorial National RegistryUnited States Navy Memorial The National Gold Star Family RegistryWorld War II Fallen
  2019, WWII Memorial National Registry
  2019, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
  2019, The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2019, World War II Fallen
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