MACHINISTS MATE FIRST CLASS ALFRED FRANCIS AVERY; U.S. NAVY

July 25, 1923 (Norwalk, CT) – October 30, 1944; 21 years old
Unmarried
Engaged to be married to Miss Frances Pinto (1923-2017) of Norwalk.
Last local address: Strawberry Hill Avenue, Norwalk
Enlisted July 1, 1942
Service number: 2073902
USS Renshaw(DD-499)
MIA (at sea)

Born to William H. (1863-1932) and Ella M. Birdsall (1877-1949). Brothers Arthur D. (1899-1903), Frederick H. (1901-1921), Clifford D. (1907-1984), Homer (1909-1975), and LeRoy S. (1913-1940). One sister, Ruth E. (1906-1975).


The USS Renshaw was a Fletcher-class Destroyer. According to the Report of Changes (below), Alfred was declared “Missing In Action” in the “Line Of Duty” of a non-battle related incident during the war. October 31, 1944 report from the USS Renshaw indicates Seaman Avery fell overboard.



From The Norwalk Hour November 4, 1944

Alfred Francis Avery, MM1C, U.S. Navy, son of Mrs. Ella Avery of Strawberry Hill Avenue, is missing in action in the Pacific area, according to a telegram received from the War Department. MM1C Avery entered the service in July 1942, and a month ago, was home on a 12-day leave, after having been in the South Pacific for 21 months. He had been at Bougainville, Saipan, Guam, and many other major Pacific battle points. MM1C Avery has two sister: Mrs. Mildred Connolly of Strawberry Hill Avenue and Mrs. Alfred Mills of Lockwood Lane; and two brother: Homer Avery of Chapel Street and Clifford Avery of Connecticut Avenue.


USS Renshaw

Memorialized at the Sea Tablets of the Missing, Courts of the Missing, Court 5, Honolulu Memorial Honolulu, Hawaii


Memorial marker at Riverside Cemetery, Norwalk; Section 11, Plot 1. Photo by webmaster.


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Published by jeffd1121

USAF retiree. Veteran advocate. Committed to telling the stories of those who died while in the service of the country during wartime.

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