Meisetschlager, Joseph, SoM2c

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Last Rank
Petty Officer Second Class
Last Primary NEC
Last Rating/NEC Group
Primary Unit
1943-1945, SO-0000, USS Bush (DD-529)
Service Years
1942 - 1945
Official/Unofficial US Navy Certificates
Plank Owner
SO-Sonarman (1943-1964)

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Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address

Casualty Date
Apr 06, 1945
Hostile, Died
Other Explosive Device
World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Okinawa Gunto Operation
Location of Interment
Not Specified
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Order of the Shellback Order of the Golden Dragon

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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1942, Recruit Training (Great Lakes, IL)
 Duty Stations
US Navy
  1943-1945, SO-0000, USS Bush (DD-529)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1944 Northern Solomon Islands Campaign (1943-44)/Battle of Cape Gloucester
  1944-1944 New Guinea Campaign (1943-44)/Battle of Morotai
  1944-1944 Leyte Campaign (1944)/Battle of Leyte Gulf
  1944-1944 Luzon Campaign (1944-45)/Battle of Mindoro
  1945-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Okinawa Gunto Operation
  1945-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Iwo Jima Operation
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Joseph Vernon Meisetschlager, SoM2c
                                                                                                            He served aboard the BUSH from commissioning until her sinking on April 6, 1945. At the age of 22, he was lost with the USS BUSH. As was the case for so many lost sailors, the specific details surrounding his death are not known. His family and friends would learn only that he had not survived.
He was known as "Vernon" to his friends back home in Moulton, Texas. He graduated from high school in 1942. He was the only son of his parents, Joe and Johanna. As a sonarman, he worked in the Communications Division. Sonar equipment was used to detect submarines. Because of the pinging noise when sonar was operating, sailors such as Vernon were sometimes referred to as "ping-jockeys".One thing for sure, Vernon was respected and liked by his shipmates. One shipmate, when asked of Vernon after more than 50 years, had no hesitation in remembering what a great shipmate Vernon had been. His shipmate recalled his own sadness when he learned Vernon had not made it, and noted Vernon was one "heck of a nice guy".

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