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Commander Verne L. Skjonsby - MIA

Verne L. Skjonsby
County: Cass
World War II - MIA
Date of Disappearance: January 7, 1946 / Age: 33
Branch of Service: Navy
Company/Division: United States Navy

Died while in MIA status aboard the USS Wahoo (SS-238). The Wahoo was to leave the La Perouse Strait, when a Japanese anti-submarine aircraft sighted a wake and an oil slick from a submerged submarine. The Japanese Navy started a combined air and sea attack using depth charges throughout the day. The Wahoo was mortally damaged and sank with all hands.

Memorialized at the Honolulu Memorial and at South Pleasant Cemetery in Richland County, ND.

Medals and Honors

Silver Star