SHIP’S COOK THIRD CLASS JOHN RINKO; U.S. NAVY

October 29, 1910 (Norwalk, CT) – September 11, 1943; 32 years old; married to the former Jennie Nardi (1915-2007) on June 27, 1936 in Norwalk
Last local address: 111 George Avenue, Norwalk
Service number: 6427052
USS SAVANNAH (CL-42)

Awarded the Purple Heart Medal

From historyofwar.org: On 11 September off the coast of Italy, the USS Savannah suffered the blow that effectively ended her active career. The Germans had developed a number of remote-controlled anti-shipping weapons. On the morning of 11 September, a glide bomb narrowly missed the Philadelphia. A few minutes later a FX1400 radio-controlled bomb launched from a Dornier Do-217 hit the armored roof of Number 3 Turret. The bomb went straight through the turret and exploded in the lower handling room, part of the magazine. A large hole was blown out of the bottom of the ship, and water reached 152ft along the ship. Secondary explosions followed for the next 30 minutes, but the rapid flooding helped prevent a disastrous magazine explosion. Although the Savannah was very badly damaged, her crews managed to seal off the affected areas, and by 1757 she was able to set off under her own steam. She lost 197 men in the attack, with fifteen seriously wounded. Four men were trapped in a watertight compartment and could only be rescued after she reached Malta.

USS Savannah

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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