July 25, 1923 (Norwalk, CT) – October 30, 1944; 21 years old
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
Missing In Action (MIA)
Born to William H. (1863-1932) and Ella M. Birdsall Avery (1877-1949). Brothers Arthur D. (1899-1903), Frederick H. (1901-1921), Clifford D. (1907-1984), Homer W. (1909-1975), and LeRoy S. (1913-1940). Two sisters, Mildred May Avery Connolly (1897-1973) and Ruth E. Avery Mills (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 sisters: Mrs. Mildred Connolly of Strawberry Hill Avenue and Mrs. Alfred Mills of Lockwood Lane; and two brothers: Homer Avery of Chapel Street and Clifford Avery of Connecticut Avenue.
Memorialized at the Sea Tablets of the Missing, Courts of the Missing, Court 5, Honolulu Memorial, 2177 Puowaina Drive Honolulu, Hawaii.
Memorial marker at Riverside Cemetery, Norwalk; Section 11, Plot 1. Photo by webmaster.