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MM1/C August Michael Demma


Born: 24 January 1924

Parents:  Marena & Mary Ann Demma

Siblings: 2 sisters, 2 brothers

Hometown:

    - 220 North Brown Avenue, Forest Park. Illinois

Education:

    - Field Stevenson School

    - Proviso Township High School

        - Class of 1945

            - left school 7 January 1942

                - Diploma awarded posthumously - 6 June 1945

Enlisted:

    - 12 January 1942 - Chicago, Illinois

        - U.S. Navy

Serial Number: 300  73  80

Training: 

    - Great Lakes Naval Training Center

Rank: Machinist's Mate First Class

Service Number: 300 73  80

Ship: U.S.S. Enterprise

    - 27 March 1942 - 14 May 1945

Engagements:

    - Battle of Midway - 4 June 1942 - 6 June 1942

    - Guadalcanal Landings- 7 August 1942 - 9 August 1942

    - Battle of Santa Cruz Island - 26 October 1942

    - Battle of Philippine Sea - June 1944

    - Battle of Leyte Gulf - 15 October 1945 - 19 October 1945

    - Battle of Guadalcanal - 12 November 1942 - 15 November 1942

    - Battle of Okinawa - 7 April 1945 - 12 April 1945

    - Battle of Kyushu - 12 May 1945 - 14 May 1945

Killed in Action:

    - 14 May 1945

        - Japanese Kamikaze crashed into hanger elevator

            - elevator was blown into the air when bomb exploded below deck

            - compartment that August was in was closed off because of flooding

        - August was one of the 13 naval personnel who were killed

            - these were the last members of the Enterprise's crew to die in WWII

Memorial:

    - Honolulu Memorial Courts of the Missing

        - National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific- Honolulu, Hawaii

Medals:

    - Purple Heart


 

 

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