Baft, William Webster, BM1c

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Last Rank
Petty Officer First Class
Last Primary NEC
BM-0000-Coxswain
Last Rating/NEC Group
Boatswain's Mate
Primary Unit
1944-1945, BM-0000, USS LCI(L)-974
Service Years
1942 - 1945
BM-Boatswain's Mate

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Home State
Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania
Year of Birth
1911
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Tire Hill, PA
Last Address
908 Austin St
Johnstown, PA

Casualty Date
Jan 10, 1945
 
Cause
Hostile-Body Not Recovered
Reason
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Location
Pacific Ocean
Conflict
World War II
Location of Interment
Grandview Cemetery - Johnstown, Pennsylvania
Wall/Plot Coordinates
(memorial marker)

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Last Known Activity

During the Luzon Campaign, the USS LCI(L)-974 participated in the landings at Lingayen Gulf on January 9-10, 1944. On the 10th, the vessel came attack of a Kamikaze pilot. Many of the crew were injured and several lost. BM1 Baft was among those whose bodies were never recovered.
   
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Service number: 2502908

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Marshall Islands Operation (1944)/Battle of Eniwetok Atoll (Operation Catchpole)
Start Year
1944
End Year
1944

Description
The Battle of Eniwetok was a battle of the Pacific campaign of World War II, fought between 17 February 1944 and 23 February 1944, on Eniwetok Atoll in the Marshall Islands.
Naval bombardment of Eniwetok began on 17 February, and the 22nd Marine Regiment, commanded by Col John T. Walker, landed on Engebi Island, on 18 February at 08:43 the next day. Resistance was light, and the island was declared secure by 1450, though mopping-up continued through the next day. US losses included 85 dead and missing plus 166 wounded.

Intelligence suggested that the defenses on Eniwetok Island would be heavier than planned, though there was a comparatively preparatory bombardment before the 1st and 3rd Battalions of the 106th Infantry Regiment went ashore at 0916 on 19 Feb., followed by the 3/22 at 1425. However, the Japanese soldiers had strong spider-hole positions, plus the Japanese concentrated their forces to the southwest, counterattacking the American flank, which forced the Americans to attack through the night. The island was not secured until 21 February. Americans were killed or missing and 94 wounded.

The mistake was not repeated at Parry Island. The battleships USS Tennessee and USS Pennsylvania and other ships delivered more than 900 tons of explosive onto the island. The 104th Field Artillery on eniwetok and the 2nd Separate Pack Howitzer Battalions on Japtan provided additional fire support. The 1/22 and 2/22 Marines landed at 0900 on 22 Feb. At 1930, the regimental commander radioed "I present you with the island of Parry", though operations continued through the next day. US casualties included 73 dead and missing plus 261 wounded.
 

 
   
My Participation in This Battle or Operation
From Year
1944
To Year
1944
 
Last Updated:
Dec 10, 2017
   
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  34 Also There at This Battle:
 
  • Beckwith, John Edward, S1c, (1942-1945)
  • Dawson, William L., PO2, (1942-1945)
  • Garrett, Earl, PO2, (1941-1953)
  • Greer, Howard E., VADM, (1941-1978)
  • Rush, Melvin L, PO3, (1942-1947)
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