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GLUBA, Evan Frederick

USS William B Preston

William B. Preston


Evan Frederick Gluba Aviation Ordinanceman 2nd class (299-90-84) He was born in 1917, the 5th of 10 children to Joseph H  and Emma Gluba ,of Keithsburg Ill., His father Joe was originally from Poland. His mother Emma was born in Illinois.

He enlisted on 12 July 1938 in Chicago Ill. He served on USS Williamson (AVP15) from Patrol Wing 26 on 16 April 1940, and transferred back to them on 25th April. On 7 January 1942 he transferred to the W.B. Preston from USS Langley for final transfer to Patwing 10

The Preston’s log records that he suffered 2nd degree burns and shrapnel wounds over his entire body. The "Record of Changes" to the ship's crew does not mentionn his death or transfer. He is recorded as Lost at sea by Administrative Decision, on 19th February 1942, and is memorialised at Fort William Mckinley, Manila, the Philippines. He was awarded a Purple Heart.

He was 25 and unmarried when he died as a result his wounds.

USS William B. Preston was anchored in Darwin Harbour, tending PBY Catalinas, when the Japanese attack began on 19 February 1942. She quickly got underway, zigzagging through the crowded Harbour. Four bombs exploded off William B. Preston’s bow, breaking bridge windows. She was then hit near the deckhouse, losing control of her steering and jamming the rudder. The aft living compartment was seriously damaged; the deck house was strafed and her machine guns were out of action. Fourteen men were killed, including two missing and four were wounded. Carlsen and Gluba died of wounds; the bodies of Redfern and Parks were never recovered.

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