S1c Edward Wasielewski

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Edward Wasielewski

Birthplace: Michigan, United States
Death: December 07, 1941 (16-24)
Pearl Harbor, Honolulu County, Hawaii, United States (KIA)
Place of Burial: Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Alexander "Alex" Wasielewski and Veronica Wasielewski
Brother of Peter Wasielewski; Raymond Wasielewski; Frances Wasielewski and Eleanor Wasielewski

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At approximately 7:55 A.M. the first wave of Japanese aircraft dropped at least three aerial torpedoes on the Oklahoma. At first the men thought it was a training exercise until they heard the announcement over the intercom by the boatswain’s mate that it was not a mock alert.

This attack initiated the United States’ entry into the war even though the war in Europe had been waging since September 1939 when Germany attacked Poland.

The U.S.S. Oklahoma began capsizing after being struck initially by at least three aerial torpedoes. The Japanese also strafed the ships with machine gun fire. After being hit by more torpedoes, the Oklahoma’s port side was torn open and she rolled over within fifteen minutes. Many serving aboard the Oklahoma joined the crew aboard the Maryland to continue fighting. Many others were trapped below deck for days while rescuers tried to cut into the hull. Of the men trapped, only 32 were saved over a three day period. Approximately 400 bodies would later be recovered when the ship was raised in 1944. Of these, only 35 were identified. The rest were buried in a mass grave in the National Cemetery of Hawaii.

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Michigan, United States
December 7, 1941
Age 20
Pearl Harbor, Honolulu County, Hawaii, United States
Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii, United States