Oliver Clayton Starn, Jr., World War II CasualtyPorter County Data on World War II Casualties . . . .

Oliver Clayton Starn, Junior
Aviation Ordinanceman Third Class, US Navy Reserve
Date of Birth: 1921
Date of Death: October 25, 1944
Cause of Death: Killed in Action (killed during Japanese kamikaze attack on the USS Suwannee at Leyte, Philippines, and buried at sea by administrative decision)
Monument: Tablets of the Missing at Manila American Cemetery, Manila, Philippines
Hometown: Valparaiso

Newspaper Notices:

Son of Pastor Starn Killed In So. Pacific

Word that their son, Clayton Starn, U. S. Naval Reserve, had been killed in action in the South Pacific, has been received by Rev. and Mrs. Oliver C. Starn, 506 Lafayette street. Rev. Starn is pastor of the local Presbyterian church.

Young Starn was a member of a crew of a U. S. warship and had been in the South Pacific war theater for the last two years.

He enlisted while his parents were living in Terre Haute, where his father was Presbyterian pastor. He received his boot training at Great Lakes Naval Training station and upon graduation was sent to the South Pacific.

Besides his parents he is survived by a sister, Miss Vula Starn, a teacher in the Spencer, Ind., schools. He would have been 24 years of age next January.
Source: The Vidette-Messenger, Valparaiso, Porter County, Indiana; November 13, 1944; Volume 18, Page 1, Column 1

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Information abstracted and transcribed by Steven R. Shook


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