Seaman 1st Class Chester William Gebauer

World War II

US Navy
Service Number: 08768327
Born: February 28, 1925
Inducted: November 11, 1943
Killed in action: October 24, 1944
Buried at sea: October 26, 1944
Memorial marker in Akron Cemetery
Memorial tablet in Manila American Cemetery, Philippines

Purple Heart

Son of William and Emma Steinow Gebauer of Akron.

Akron Cemetery
Akron Cemetery marker

Memorial Tablet, Manila American Cemetery

Photo by ABMC Staff

Thursday November 16, 1944 The Akron News-Reporter

Chester William Gebauer, 19, seaman first class in the United States Navy, was killed in action in the service of his country, according to a telegram received by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. William Gebauer of southwest of Akron, last Friday.

Seaman Gebauer attended Akron High School for a short time a few years ago. Later, he was employed here in town by the Vance Hatchery for about eight months He was a very likeable, earnest young man, sincere in everything he did and his death is deeply regretted by all who knew him,

He is survived by his parents; six brothers, Wilfred, Robert. Alfred, Charles, Harold and Max, two sisters, Mrs. Warren Harper and Thelma Gebauer. Wilfred is an apprentice seaman in the navy, having been enlisted only a short time ago. Alfred is a corporal in the United States Marine Corps.


Official Chronology of the US Navy in WWII - Oct 24, 1944
"Tank landing ship LST-695 is damaged by Japanese submarine I-56 in Philippine Sea, west of Mindanao, 08°31'N, 128°34'E."

Chester Gebauer photograph from The War Years and The People of Washington County, Francis and Billie Jessie, published 1993, by Curtis Media.

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