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Dave Smith    Posted 02-27-2017 at 07:40:16 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • Here's a sad sea burial you may or may not have read about, I know it brought tears to my eyes.

    Loyce Edward Deen, an Aviation Machinist Mate 2nd Class, USNR, was a gunner on a TBM Avenger.

    On November 5, 1944, Deen's squadron participated in a raid on Manila where his plane was hit multiple

    times by anti-aircraft fire while attacking a Japanese cruiser.

    Deen was killed. The Avenger's pilot, Lt Robert Cosgrove, managed to return to his carrier, the USS Essex.

    Both Deen and the plane had been shot up so badly that it was decided to leave him in it.

    It is the only time in U.S. Navy history (and probably U.S. military history) that an aviator was buried

    in his aircraft after being killed in action.

    Larry (TX)    Posted 02-27-2017 at 10:11:05 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • That was only 7 days before my birth while my dad was a Navy Sea Bee 3rd Class Petty Officer on the island of Saipan in the Marianna's building and maintaining bomber and fighter plane landing strips sloping up to what they called "suicide cliff".

    John in Mich    Posted 02-27-2017 at 09:43:59 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Very sad. Very graphic. My sister's second husband requested burial at sea when he died. The navy was supposed to film the ceremony and send her a tape that she could then share with his sons. She never received the tape and all efforts to obtain the tape failed. That was over 16 years ago.

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