CHARLES D. HOLZMUELLER, JR., S1, USN

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Birthdate & Date of Loss

Date of birth: December 21, 1920
Date of death: May 2, 1942
Age: 21

Lucky Bag

Charles Donnan Holzmueller, Jr., is listed on a page titled "Gone… But Ne'er Forgotten":

There were close to a thousand of us when we entered in June of 1940 and formed the new fourth class, the class of 1944. Now, as we graduate one year ahead of time, there are less than 800. But we who go to join the active service s are sure in our minds that our friends of fourth class summer who have left us at various stages of the course will find their place in the American Victory Machine, rolling relentlessly on to a triumph over the forces of evil that threaten the life and liberty we all hold so dear.

The Annual Register of the United States Naval Academy 1941-1942 lists him as "Deficient in studies, second term's work. Recommended to be dropped. Permitted to resign." on June 6, 1941.

The Class of 1944 was graduated in June 1943 due to World War II. The entirety of 2nd class (junior) year was removed from the curriculum.

Loss

From Find A Grave:

Son of Charles Donnan Holzmueller, Sr. and Ruth Sipple Holzmueller.

Charles, who resided on Lake Avenue, Milford, Delaware, served as a Seaman First Class with the U.S.S. Cythera (PY-26), U.S. Navy during World War II.

He was a graduate of Milford High class of 1938, leading athlete in football and basketball of which he captained both.

He later attended Bullis School in Maryland, and was appointment to U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. After 1 year at the academy he enlisted in the Navy and was assigned to the Cythera.

The Cythera was a yacht converted to coastal patrol work off Cape Hatteras. The vessel was hit hard 1 hour after leaving port and went to the bottom within a few moments. The torpedo tore the ship in two and caused the depth charges to explode. Only 2 were saved.

Charles was declared "Missing In Action" when the Cythera was sunk off Cape Hatteras.

He had served in the Navy for four months at the time of his death.

Only two of the 71 officers and crew aboard survived; they were rescued by the attacking U-boat and taken as prisoners of war.

Charles has another a memory marker in New York.


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