Commissioning
October 30 1943

AVIATION MACHINIST'S MATE, SECOND CLASS

AVIATION MACHINIST'S MATE, SECOND CLASS


JOSEPH
BANGUST, U. S. NAVY

 

      Aviation Machinist's Mate Second Class Joseph Bangust, was born May 30, 1915, at Niles, Ohio, and died December 27, 1941, as a result of wounds and injuries received in a bombing attack against Japanese War and Merchant vessels in Jolo Harbor, P. I.

      Aviation Machinist's Mate Bangust enlisted in the U. S. Navy as Apprentice, Seaman on November 16, 1988, at the Naval Training Station San Diego, California. He was promoted as Seaman Second Class on December 16, 1988, and was transferred to Patrol Wing Two in June, 1989, then to the VP Squadron Naval Hospital, Canacao, P. I. In December, 1939, he was promoted to Seaman First Class. In May, 1940, he rated Aviation Machinist's Mate Third Class, and on Feb­ruary 18, 1941, his rating was changed to Aviation Machinist's Mate Second Class.

      The Secretary of the Navy awarded the Navy Cross to Joseph Bangust, Aviation Machinist's Mate Second Class, U. S. N., for extraordinary heroism while acting as waist gunner of a PBY type airplane which participated in a bombing attack against Japanese War and Merchant vessels in Jolo Harbor, P. I., on December 27, 1941.

      The following is a citation for service which accompanied the posthumous presentation of the NAVY CROSS:

       "For extraordinary heroism while acting as waist gunner of a PBY type airplane which participated in a bombing attack against Japanese war and merchant vessels in Jolo Harbor, P. I. on December 27, 194L Bangust's courage and successful machine gunnery resulted in the shooting down of a Japanese fighting plane. During the action Bangust received wounds and injuries which resulted in his death."

      The USS Bangust was constructed by the Western Pipe and Steel Company of San Pedro, California; was launched on 6 June 1943; and, was sponsored by Mrs. Stephen W. Gerber.

       

      Lt .Commander C.F. MacNish, USNR . . . .  Commanding Officer

      Lieutenant L.L. Keesling, USNR . . . . .  . . . . Executive Officer

      Lieutenant (jg) W.R. Berger, USNR . . . .  . .  Engineer Officer

      Lieutenant (jg) F.A. Lind, Jr., USNR . . . . . .  Torpedo Officer

      Lieutenant (jg) C.T. Yerxa, USNR . . . .  . . . .Communication Officer

      Lieutenant (jg) J.P. Dolman, USNR . . . .  . . . Gunnery Officer

      Lieutenant (jg) R.A. Zuercher, USNR . . .  . .  A. S. W. Officer

      Ensign W.S. Pascoe, USNR . . . . . . . .  . . . .  Commissary and Stores

      Ensign L. Andrews,  USNR . . . . . . . . .  . . . . First Lieutenant

      Ensign Roy Coniam, USN . . . . . . . . .  . . . . . Assistant Engineer


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      DE 739 Bangust (Cannon Class)
      Laid down by Western Pipe and Steel, Los Angeles (San Pedro) California: February 11 1943.
      Launched: June 6 1943
      Commissioned: October 30 1943.


      Cannon Class (DET) 1942. (72 Ships - 31 Built)
      Displacement: 1240 tons
      Dimensions:
      Length: 306'
      Beam: 36' 7"
      Draft: 11' 8" max
      Armament: 3x 3"/50AA, 2x 40MM, 10x 20MM, 3x 21"TT 3x1, 1 Hedgehog, 8 DCT, 2 DC Racks
      Machinery: 6,000 BHP, 4 G.M. Model 16-278A Diesel Engines With Electric Drive 2 screws.
      Speed: 21. kts.
      Crew: 186


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