hat tip to friend "paul," who sent me a video obtained from ace of spades.
loyce edward deen died in battle 11.05.1944 an aviation machinist mate 2nd class, serving as a gunner on a tbm avenger. flying in a tbm was no picnic, as they were a big carrier based plane, and slow. he was killed in an attack on a japanese cruiser.
his pilot, lt. robert cosgrove and the tbm got him home to their carrier, the uss essex, and deen was prepped for burial sitting where he died in the rear seat of the tbm, manning his gun. he was given his last rights, the chaplain/minister/priest on the wing of the plane dressed in his suntans, standing next to deen's slumped body, a compliment of the crew standing in observance.
caption: the bubble canopy was loyce deen's work station in battle, and his final resting place at his burial. a little spartan even by military standards: i cannot imagine that canopy would have provided very much "comfort" when the plane was under attack.
image from google images.
and, then the mortal coils of loyce edward deen and his tbm were pushed off the rear of the carrier's deck, into the arms of the deep. as the plane and deen sank beneath the waves two planes in formation passed over the sinking plane as it bobbed in the wake of the uss essex, prudently under way as the war raged. and, continued.
and, then, it was back to the war, and sailors rushed back to their stations.
i wonder at the ship's captain, or commander, who had the poetic sense to give deen this burial. the intervening years have lent a stark beauty to the proceedings, a dignity perhaps not apparent in the hurried rush to clear the decks for other planes returning, and to launch other planes into the battle.
the film of the event follows, and it is quite moving, to say the least.
john jay @ 03.14.2017
the film --
at ace of spades, link to comments on the original post, w/ post -- http://loyceedeen.webstarts.