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.
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