Fallen heroes buried at sea, Gilbert Islands

Fallen heroes buried at sea, Gilbert Islands
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 Burial at sea aboard transport "Leonard Wood" of two "Liscome Bay" sailors, victims of the Japanese submarine attack. Foreground facing ceremony are survivors of "Liscome Bay." Ship in background is transport "Neville" carrying remainder of the small number of survivors. The "Liscome Bay" was part of Task Group 52.13 which had been torpedoed by Imperial Japanese Navy submarine I-175 under Lieutenant Commander Sunao Tabata. Liscome Bay had been hit in the worst possible spot-the bomb stowage area, which had no protection from a torpedo hit or fragment damage, during "Operation Galvanic", the Allied invasion of the Gilbert Islands.

 The resulting explosion disintegrated half of the ship. No one aft of the forward bulkhead of the after engine room survived. At 0533 Liscome Bay listed to starboard and sank carrying Admiral Henry M. Mullinix, Commander of Carrier Division 24, Captain Irving D. Wiltsie, 53 other officers, and 591 enlisted men down with her; 272 of her crew were rescued. At 0640 the Wood proceeded into the transport area northwest of Flint Point, Makin Island, lowered all boats and prepared to re-embark troops and receive survivors from the Liscome Bay. At 2011 the destroyer USS Hughes (DD-410) came alongside to transfer 150 survivors from the torpedoed vessel.

 Altogether 245 casualties from six sunk or damaged vessels were taken aboard. At 1435 on November 25 the vessel stood out to form convoy and arrived at Pearl Harbor with the survivors on December 2. The missing in action included Pearl Harbor hero Doris Miller, who was declared dead on November 25, 1944.
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