Amedeo Sandretto

NAME
Amedeo Sandretto
NICKNAME
Amedee
MCSN
O-10605
HOME OF RECORD
Willetts, CA
NEXT OF KIN
Father, Mr. Dominic Sandretto
DATE OF BIRTH
August 29, 1917
ENTERED SERVICE
June 2, 1941
DATE OF LOSS
November 13, 1942
REGION
Solomons
CAMPAIGN / AREA
Guadalcanal
CASUALTY TYPE
MIA / Declared Dead
February 19, 1945
UNIT
VMSB-141
DUTY
Pilot
CIRCUMSTANCES OF LOSS
The Japanese battleship Hiei, crippled in a naval battle near Savo Island, attempted to steam north to safety while her crew worked desperately to repair her crippled steering mechanism. All through the day on 13 November 1942, American Army, Navy, and Marine pilots based on Guadalcanal attempted to finish off Hiei, but although hit numerous times, the battleship stubbornly remained afloat.

Rapidly worsening weather threatened to rob the Americans of their prize. A final flight of Marine dive bombers departed Henderson Field late in the afternoon and flew through a rapidly developing storm to attack the Hiei‘s escorting ships. Among the fliers were 2Lt. Amedeo Sandretto and PFC X. L. Fulton in SBD-3 06571.

The storm grew so strong that the flight was scattered. In the relatively short distance between Henderson Field and the Hiei, two bombers disappeared along with their crews. Sandretto and Fulton were never heard from again; both were declared dead on 19 February 1945.

INDIVIDUAL DECORATIONS
Air Medal, Purple Heart
LAST KNOWN RANK
Second Lieutenant
Posthumous promotion to Captain
STATUS OF REMAINS
Missing in action.
MEMORIALS
Ocean View Cemetery, Humboldt, CA
Manila American Cemetery

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