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David Fowler Green

Yeoman, First Class, U.S. Navy

06513591

USS Mississinewa AO-59

Entered the Service from: New Jersey
Died: November 20, 1944
Missing in Action or Buried at Sea
Tablets of the Missing at Manila American Cemetery
Manila, Philippines
Awards: Purple Heart

YEOMAN FIRST CLASS DAVID GREEN, 30, 0f 27 South Hood Avenue, Audubon NJ, was killed in action when the ship he was serving on, the oil tanker U.S.S. Mississinewa (AO-59), was sunk after being torpedoed by a a Kaiten, an Imperial Japanese Navy manned suicide torpedo with a 3,418 lb. warhead at Ulithi, Caroline Islands, on November 20, 1944. A graduate of Paulsboro (NJ) High School and Camden (NJ) Commercial College, he had worked for the Socony-Vacuum Oil Company prior to entering the armed forces in January of 1943. The U.S.S. Mississinewa was a T3-S2-A3 Auxiliary Oiler, commissioned on May 18, 1944. David Green was part of the original crew abord that day. The role of the U.S.S. Mississinewa was to refuel ships, while underway, in the South Pacific during WWII. She, along with the other Auxiliary Oilers, played a crucial role in keeping combat vessels supplied with fuel.
When the U.S.S. Mississinewa was struck by the Kaiten, she became totally engulfed in flames and subsequently sank with a loss of 63 U.S. Sailors and one Japanese Kaiten pilot.

To learn more about the sinking of the USS Mississinewa, visit
www.ussmississinewa.com


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