Rovinski, Felix, CPO

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Last Rank
Chief Petty Officer
Last Primary NEC
WT-0000-Water Tender
Last Rating/NEC Group
Water Tender
Primary Unit
1944-1944, Commander, Task Force 125 (CTF 125), Commander in Chief US Naval Forces Europe (CINCUSNAVEUR)/Commander US Naval Forces Europe (COMUSNAVE
Service Years
1930 - 1944
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Home Country
United States
United States
Year of Birth
Not Specified
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
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Last Address
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Casualty Date
Jun 06, 1944
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Other Explosive Device
Location
France
Conflict
World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Normandy Campaign (1944)/Operation Overlord
Location of Interment
American Cemetery - Normandy, France
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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 Military Association Memberships
National Chief Petty Officers AssociationMilitary Order of Foreign Wars of the United StatesNational Association of Destroyer Veterans (Tin Can Sailors)Military Order of the World Wars (MOWW)
  1940, National Chief Petty Officers Association [Verified]
  1941, Military Order of Foreign Wars of the United States - Assoc. Page
  1943, National Association of Destroyer Veterans (Tin Can Sailors) [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  1945, Military Order of the World Wars (MOWW)

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 Duty Stations
USS Corry (DD-463)Commander in Chief US Naval Forces Europe (CINCUSNAVEUR)/Commander US Naval Forces Europe (COMUSNAVE
  1944-1944, USS Corry (DD-463)
  1944-1944, Commander, Task Force 125 (CTF 125), Commander in Chief US Naval Forces Europe (CINCUSNAVEUR)/Commander US Naval Forces Europe (COMUSNAVE
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 Algeria-French Morocco Campaign (1942)/Operation Torch
  1943-1943 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Convoy Duty / East Bound Atlantic Transit
  1943-1943 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Convoy Duty/ West Bound Atlantic Transit
  1944-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Antisubmarine Operations 15 June 1942 to 2 September 1945
  1944-1944 Antisubmarine Operations 15 June 1942 to 2 September 1945/U-801
  1944-1944 Normandy Campaign (1944)/Operation Overlord
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Last Known Activity

                                 FINAL DUTY ASSIGNMENT

                                    U.S.S. Corry (DD-463)

                               

Corry Battle Flag

One of the most stirring tales of D-Day is that to which the Secretary of the Navy has already referred, the tale of the USS Corry. ...while blasting enemy positions on Utah Beach, the Corry began to go under. But one man stayed aboard. He climbed the stern, removed the flag, and swam and scrambled to the main mast. There, he ran up the flag. And as he swam off, our flag opened into the breeze. In the Corry's destruction, there was no defeat. Today, the wreckage of that ship lies directly beneath us, an unseen monument to those who helped to win this great war. Thirteen of the Corry's crew rest there as well, and these waters are forever sanctified by their sacrifice.




          USS Corry (DD-463) with nets over her side, rescuing U-801's survivors, after the submarine had been sunk by aircraft and surface ships of the USS Block Island (CVE-21) group in position 16°41'N, 29°58'W, 17 March 1944.
         USS Corry rescues suvivors of U-801, 17 March 1944

   
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   USS Corry (DD-463)
June 6, 1944
D-Day
Utah Beach, Normandy, France
 

After leading the massive Allied invasion force across the English Channel to France, in the early morning hours of June 6, 1944, off Utah Beach the destroyer USS Corry engaged in fierce combat with German artillery firing from the Normandy shore. A prime target at the front of the invasion force, the Corry drew sustained shelling for more than an hour while successfully evading major damage. Getting as close as 1,000 yards from the beach, she fired several hundred rounds of 5-inch ammunition at numerous Nazi targets. As H-Hour neared (0630), when troops would begin fighting their way onto the beaches, two Allied planes began generating smoke screens between the shore batteries and bombarding warships to conceal the ships from enemy fire. While other frontline destroyers and rear vessels were receiving smoke cover, the plane assigned to lay smoke for the Corry suddenly got shot down, leaving the Corry fully exposed to German gunners who were now firing at her in full fury. At just about H-Hour, while attempting to evade intense enemy fire, the Corry suffered direct heavy-caliber artillery hits in her engineering spaces amidships. Men were thrown from their positions. Steam hissed and roared violently from behind the bridge. With her rudder jammed she went around in a circle before all steam was lost. Still under heavy fire, the Corry began sinking rapidly with her keel broken and a foot-wide crack across her main deck amidships. After the order to abandon ship, crewmembers fought to survive in bone-chilling water for more than two hours as they awaited rescue under constant enemy fire from German shore gunners. One crewmember raised the American flag up the sinking Corry's main mast, which remained above the surface of the shallow 30-foot deep water when the ship settled on the bottom. The ship blast along with casualties suffered out in the water resulted in 24 crewmen giving their lives and at least 60 being wounded. For USS Corry survivors, the morning of June 6, 1944 was one harrowing experience they'd never forget.

 

   
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