Bluzard, Kenneth Paul, S2c

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Last Rank
Seaman Second Class
Last Primary NEC
S2c-0000-Seaman 2nd Class
Last Rating/NEC Group
Seaman Second Class
Primary Unit
1944-1945, S2c-0000, USS Ticonderoga (CV-14)
Service Years
1944 - 1945
Seaman Second Class

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Home State
Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania
Year of Birth
1926
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Eddysburg, PA
Last Address
770 Freeman Ave
Prospect Park, PA

Casualty Date
Jan 21, 1945
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Other Explosive Device
Location
Pacific Ocean
Conflict
World War II
Location of Interment
Manila American Cemetery and Memorial - Manila, Philippines
Wall/Plot Coordinates
(cenotaph)

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WWII Memorial National RegistryUnited States Navy Memorial The National Gold Star Family RegistryWorld War II Fallen
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  2019, The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2019, World War II Fallen

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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1944, Recruit Training (Newport, RI)
 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
US NavyUSS Ticonderoga (CV-14)
  1944-1944, S2c-0000, USS Wyoming (AG-17)
  1944-1945, S2c-0000, USS Ticonderoga (CV-14)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Pacific Air Offensive (1942-45)
  1944-1944 Leyte Campaign (1944)/Battle of Ormoc Bay
  1944-1944 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Luzon Campaign (1944-45)
 Other News, Events and Photographs
 
  May 02, 1950, Application for WWII Compensation1
  Nov 08, 2019, General Photos
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

Just after noon on January 21, 1945, a single-engine Japanese aircraft scored a hit on USS Langley with a glide-bombing attack. Seconds later, a kamikaze swooped out of the clouds and plunged toward USS Ticonderoga (CV-14). The aircraft crashed through the ship's flight deck abreast of the No. 2 5 in mount, and its bomb exploded just above her hangar deck. Several aircraft stowed nearby erupted into flames and men were killed. While the crew were ordered into action to save the endangered carrier, Captain Kiefer conned his ship skillfully. First, he changed course to keep the wind from fanning the blaze. Then, he ordered magazines and other compartments flooded to prevent further explosions and to correct a 10 degree starboard list. Finally, he instructed the damage control party to continue flooding compartments on Ticonderoga's port side which induced a 10 degree port list which dumped the fire overboard. Firefighters and aircraft handlers completed the dangerous job of dousing the flames and jettisoning burning aircraft. Other kamikaze then assailed the carrier. Her antiaircraft gunners shot down three which all crashed into the sea, but a fourth aircraft struck the carrier's starboard side near the island. Its bomb set more aircraft on fire, riddled her flight deck, and injured or killed another 100 sailors.

S2c Bluzard was killed in action and buried at sea by his shipmates.
   
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Service number: 2462786

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