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REDFERN, Doyle Glover

USS William B Preston

William B. Preston

Doyle Glover Redfern Radio Mate 2nd Class 287-27-62. Was born on 18 September 1921 in Daviess County KY to Mary Redfern (nee Davies). In 1940, he was living at Patwing 2 in Hawaii. In 1942 his mother lived at 1213 Garvin Pl. Louisville, Kentucky. He  transferred to the USS William B. Preston 12 May 1940. Redfern is memorialised at Fort William Mckinley, Manila, the Philippines He was awarded a Purple Heart.

Evan Gluba, Lester Kerns, Doyle Redfern and Frederick Simpson are listed as KIA  or MIA on the Preston Ship’s log for 19 February, but are not listed with the other 10 Killed or missing in Action on the “Report of Changes” to the crew for 28th February 1942.

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. Fouteen men were killed, including three missing and four wounded. Carlsen and Gluba died of wounds; the bodies of Redfern and Parks were never recovered.

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