Albach, John Ingram, LTJG

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Last Rank
Lieutenant Junior Grade
Last Primary Designator/NEC
000X-Unknown Navy Officer Classification/ Designator
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1943-1944, 000X, USS Turner (DD-648)
Service Years
1942 - 1944
Lieutenant Junior Grade Lieutenant Junior Grade

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Home State
Missouri
Missouri
Year of Birth
1917
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
University City, MO
Last Address
27 E 63rd St
New York, NY
(Wife~Margaret Kent Albach)

Casualty Date
Jan 03, 1944
 
Cause
Non Hostile- Died Other Causes
Reason
Other Explosive Device
Location
North Atlantic Ocean
Conflict
World War II
Location of Interment
East Coast Memorial (Tablets of the missing) - Manhattan, New York
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Tablets of the Missing (Cenotaph)

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 Duty Stations
US Navy
  1943-1944, 000X, USS Turner (DD-648)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1943 European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Convoy Duty / East Bound Atlantic Transit
 Colleges Attended 
Kenyon College
  1936-1940, Kenyon College
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  Memorial Headstone in Valhalla Cemetery Bel-Nor, Missouri
  Dec 14, 2017, General Photos2
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Last Known Activity
On 24 October, the two escorts rejoined the convoy, and the crossing continued peacefully. When the convoy divided itself into two segments according to destination on 4 November, Turner took station as one of the escorts for the Norfolk-bound portion. Two days later, she saw her charges safely into port and then departed to return to New York where she arrived on 7 November. 

USS Turner off Sandy Hook on 3 January 1944.
Following ten days in port, the warship conducted ASW exercises briefly at Casco Bay before returning to Norfolk to join another transatlantic convoy. She departed Norfolk with her third and final convoy on 23 November and saw the convoy safely across the Atlantic. On 1 January 1944, near the end of the return voyage, that convoy split into two parts according to destination as Turner's previous one had done. Turner joined the New York-bound contingent and shaped a course for that port. She arrived off Ambrose Light late on 2 January and anchored.

Early the following morning, the destroyer suffered a series of shattering internal explosions. By 06:50, she took on a 16° starboard list; and explosions, mostly in the ammunition stowage areas, continued to stagger the stricken destroyer. Then, at about 07:50, a singularly violent explosion caused her to capsize and sink. The tip of her bow remained above water until about 08:27 when she disappeared completely taking with her 15 officers and 123 men.

After nearby ships picked up the survivors of the sunken destroyer, the injured were taken to the hospital at Sandy Hook, New Jersey. A United States Coast Guard Sikorsky HNS-1 flown by Lieutenant Commander Frank A. Erickson,  the first use of a helicopter in a life-saving role, flew two cases of blood plasma, lashed to the helicopter's floats, from New York to Sandy Hook. The plasma saved the lives of many of Turner's injured crewmen. Turner's name was stricken from the Naval Vessel Register on 8 April 1944.

It is highly possible that Turner was sunk by a German U-boat and this was not publicized due to security concerns.
   
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