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HOMENEW ADDITIONSSITE MAPINTRODUCTION
FOREWORDINVOCATION1. WALTER S. SAVAGE, JR.2.  DE-386 (WWII)
3.  DE-386 CREW4.  DE-386 CREW PHOTOS5.  DE-386 SHIP PHOTOS6.  DER-386 (1955)
7.  DER CREW 1955 - 19648.  DER-386 PHOTOS9.  SAVAGE IN VIETNAM10.  VIETNAM CREW
11.  VIETNAM PHOTOS12.  SHIP'S AWARDS13.  ACTIVE SERVICE TERMINATED14.  REUNION ASSOCIATION
15.  DECEASED16.  ROSTER17  REUNION PHOTOS18.  KEEPSAKES
19.  MISCELLANEOUS20.  SITE POLICIES21.  WEBMASTER22.  SHIP'S STORE
23.  SITE AWARDS24.  COMMANDING OFFICERS 25.  SHIP'S HISTORY

WW II Casualty
SECTION 2.
Edward C. Moritz
Seaman First Class
14 January, 1924 - 25 October, 1944
Sunday, 22 October, 1944:  1735 hours

While attempting to close a water-tight hatch compartment on the port side aft, Seaman Moritz was struck in the head by said door, as it slammed against him.  The subject sailor was hit by heavy swell coming over port main deck aft while returning to his compartment. Injured in line of duty, and not misconduct.

Seaman Moritz suffered severe head trauma including a fractured skull, lacerations of the scalp, and minor lacerations about the right ear lobe.

Savage  immediately  reduced  her speed  to 12 knots for the purpose of treating the injured man. Reduced speed to 10 knots.

Sunday, 22 October, 1944:  2125 hours

Lt. W. P. Bradburn, USNR (M.C.), transferred to the Savage by boatswain's chair, from the USS Winslow (DD-359). Also, received two oxygen tanks.  Night illumination utilized.  Resumed patrol on assigned station.

Monday, 23 October, 1944

Shot line aboard USS Finch (DE-328).  Received five tanks of oxygen, medical supplies, and two shot lines.  Resumed assigned station.

Tuesday, 24 October, 1944 (At Sea)

Shot line aboard USS Richey (DE-385). Completed transfer of two oxygen tanks and two shot lines. USS Winslow (DD-359) alongside to pass medical supplies. Resumed station. Detached from convoy and set course at 280 degrees, speed 20 knots.

Tuesday, 24 October, 1944

Standing into Ambrose Channel [the main shipping channel in and out of the Port of New York and New Jersey] to Brooklyn Navy Yard at full speed. 

Wednesday, 25 October, 1944:  0623 hours

Moored at Drydock 3, U. S. Navy Yard, Brooklyn, New York.

Wednesday, 25 October, 1944:  0655 

Edward C. Moritz transferred to U. S. Naval Hospital in Brooklyn, New York for inpatient care.

Wednesday, 25 October, 1944:  1500

Personal possessions and gear of Edward C. Moritz sent to U. S. Naval Hospital in Brooklyn, New York.

Wednesday, 25 October, 1944:  

Death of Seaman 1c. Edward C. Moritz occurred shortly after arrival at hospital. 


This is the only death suffered by the USS Savage during her long career. 

Seaman Moritz's injury and subsequent death occurred "in the line of duty," and he was awarded the Purple Heart posthumously.
[Source:  Log books of the USS Savage - photocopied by Diane C. Day, at the National Archives in College Park, Maryland.  Photo of Edward C. Moritz  from the archive of Rollins W. Coakley.  Photograph of grave marker by Steve McCray.]
SECTION 2. CONTENTS
BACK TO SECTION 1.Brown ShipyardShip Construction PhotosDE-386 History
DE-386 LaunchingDE-386 Launching PhotosDE-386 SpecsWWII Plank Owners
DE-386 Crew ListingDE-386 Crew Listing (2)WWII Executive OfficersOfficers after 29 OCT., 1943
WWII Ports of CallLog Entries 1943 - 1946Chronological History 43-69WWII Kamikaze Attack
Savagely YoursWWII CasualtyAll Hands Memo 1945Conduct Towards Japanese
Short Cruise on a DEThe Rough RidersThe Rough Riders (2)U-boat Alley
Domain of the Golden DragonWWII PostersWWII Victory MedalDeath of FDR
Victory Over JapanWWII EndsTo the Far East With SavageWWII Vessell Losses

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Burial: Calvary Cemetery 
Kansas City - Jackson County - Missouri

photograph of Edward C. Moritz
photograph of Purple Heart (front)
photograph of Purple Heart (back)
photograph of grave marker of Edward C. Moritz
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