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Henry VanBeest

Henry VanBeest

Purple Heart

Rank/Rate Seaman, First Class
Service Number 610 61 05
Birth Date June 20, 1920
From Rushmore, Minnesota
Decorations Purple Heart
Submarine USS Sculpin (SS-191)
Loss Date November 19, 1943
Location North of Oroluk Island near Truk
Circumstances Sunk by Japanese destroyer
Remarks Henry survived the sinking of his boat, but was killed while being transported aboard Chuyo from Truk to Japan when it was sunk by USS Sailfish on December 4, 1943.

Please note that most sources mistakenly spell the island's name "Groluk."

Photo courtesy of Meredith Vaselaar, Adrian (Minnesota) Branch Library, via Norm Rutan.

 

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