Urbanski, Elmer Leo, MM2c

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Last Rank
Petty Officer Second Class
Last Primary NEC
MM-0000-Machinist's Mate
Last Rating/NEC Group
Machinists Mate
Primary Unit
1943-1944, MM-0000, USS Johnston (DD-557)
Service Years
1942 - 1944
MM-Machinists Mate

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Philadelphia, PA
Last Address
2927 E Belgrade St
Philadelphia, PA

Casualty Date
Oct 25, 1944
Hostile-Body Not Recovered
Other Explosive Device
Pacific Ocean
World War II
Location of Interment
Manila American Cemetery and Memorial - Manila, Philippines
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WW II Memorial National RegistryUnited States Navy Memorial The National Gold Star Family RegistryWorld War II Fallen
  2020, WW II Memorial National Registry
  2020, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
  2020, The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2020, World War II Fallen

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 Duty Stations
US NavyNAVSTA Bremerton
  1943-1943, MM-0000, USS New Orleans (CA-32)
  1943-1943, MM-0000, NAVSTA Bremerton
  1943-1944, MM-0000, USS Johnston (DD-557)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1944 Marshall Islands Operation (1944)/Battle of Kwajalein Atoll (Operation Flintlock)
  1944-1944 Marshall Islands Operation (1944)/Battle of Eniwetok Atoll (Operation Catchpole)
  1944-1944 Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)/Battle of Guam
  1944-1944 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Western Caroline Islands Operation
  1944-1944 Leyte Campaign (1944)/Battle of Samar
  1944-1944 Leyte Campaign (1944)/Battle of Leyte Gulf
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Feb 16, 1942, WWII draft card
  Apr 13, 1950, Application for WWII Compensation1
  Jan 04, 2020, General Photos
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Last Known Activity

Some time into the Battle of Samar on October 25, 1944, a Japanese battleship fired two rounds from her main cannons. One round punched through the thin side armor of USS Johnston (DD-557) and cut a hole through the engine room. Her speed was cut in half. The enemy ships closed in for an easy kill, pouring fire into the crippled destroyer. Johnston took a hit that knocked out one forward gun and damaged another, and her bridge was rendered untenable by fires and explosions resulting from a hit in her 40 mm ready ammunition locker. Still the destroyer battled to keep the Japanese destroyers and cruisers from reaching the five surviving American carriers. By 9:30 the Johnston was going dead in the water. Finally lone engine and fire room was knocked out and the ship lost all power. At 9:45 the captain gave the order a captain can give the order to abadon ship. At 10:10 Johnston rolled over and began to sink. A Japanese destroyer came up to 1,000 yards and pumped a final shot into her to make sure she went down.

Johnston's complement of 327 officers and men, only 141 were saved. Of the 186 men lost, about 50 were killed by enemy action, 45 died later on rafts from wounds, and 92 men got off before she sank, but were never seen again.

MM2 Urbanski was among the men listed as missing in action and later declared dead.

Service number: 2443680

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