SEAMAN FIRST CLASS ALLEN HARRY VAN DEVENTER of 516 Lester Terrace, Camden NJ was killed in action on December 21, 1944. He had attended Camden High School, and had worked at Philadelphia Navy Yard prior his entrance into the Navy, on January 27, 1944. He joined the crew of LST-749 on June 23, 1944 after having trained at the LST training facility at Cam Bradford, Virginia.
USS LST-749 was an LST-542-class tank landing ship in the United States Navy. Like many of her class, she was not named and is properly referred to by her hull designation. She was laid down on April 10, 1944 at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, by the Dravo Corporation, Neville Island; launched on May 20, 1944; sponsored by Mrs. George W. Scott; and commissioned on June 23, 1944, Lt. Ralph B. Flynn in command.
During World War II, LST 749 was assigned to the Pacific theater and participated in the Leyte landings in October and November 1944. On the way to Mindoro, Philippines, in the Sulu Sea, she was struck by a Japanese kamikaze on
December 21, 1944. The plane crashed into the bridge of the LST, instantly killing many of the navy personnel on board. The LST floundered and a first attempt at rescue was abandoned for fear of an explosion. Eventually many of the survivors were rescued by the crew of the destroyer USS Converse (DD-509). The ship was struck from the Navy list on 19 January 1945.
Allen H. Van Deventer was survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Allen Edward Van Deventer of the Lester Terrace address.
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