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WWII Navy Pilot - KIA 9 Nov. 1942

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10 Oct 1915 1
N. Dakota 1
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09 Nov 1942 1
N. Africa 1
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Edward Micka 1
Birth:
10 Oct 1915 1
N. Dakota 1
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09 Nov 1942 1
N. Africa 1
Cause: SHOT-Down 1
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Burial Date: Nov. 1942 1
Burial Place: Africa, then Fort Snelling National Cemetery MN 1
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Lt Edward Micka, KIA (Fighter Pilot) Nov.'42

Africa

USS RANGER CV-4 1st AIRCRAFT CARRIER
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12th AF, 57th BW, 310th BG, 428thBS - War-Diary (Africa) 16 Jan. 1943

428th BS War Diary:  S/Sgt Erwin DuVal painted a sign to be placed over the grave of Edward Micha, Lt. J.G., U.S.N., killed in action over this field on November 9, 1942.
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Edward Micka;    Air Group 4 - "Casablanca to Tokyo"

Edward Micka was born in Cayuga, North Dakota on 10 October 1915 to Mr. Thomas and Mrs. Sophia Micka located in Sargent County. Lt. Edward "Eddie" Micka grew up in Billings, Montana. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy 19 June 1934. Appointed midshipman from the Navy at large the following year in 1935, and was commissioned ensign 1 June 1939. He served in Minneapolis and Clemson prior to receiving his wings as a Navy pilot and was attached to Fighting Squadron 9, onboard Ranger, in November 1942. On the 8th, he led three flights in support of the initial phase of Operation "Torch," the assault and occupation of Morocco. In the first two flights he led his sections against airdromes at Rabat-Sale and Port Lyautey, destroying at least 17 hostile planes on the ground. During his third flight he led his section in direct support of the ground forces by destroying several machinegun nests. Two days later he participated in the attack on the Mediouna airdrome, conducting strafing runs at low altitudes. Lieutenant Micka lost his life on the fifth run when his plane was hit by antiaircraft fire. He was awarded the Navy Cross posthumously "for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in action as a pilot" during Operation "Torch." He was also awarded the Purple Heart.

USS Micka (DE 176) (1943-1946) was the first ship to be named in his honor.

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Micka -  Lt Mica's wife Evelyn gave birth to a DAUGHTER (Not a son as the newspaper stated) her name is Barbara and she was born 1 Nov. 1942, just days before Lt Ed Micka's death.  ( Mrs. Evelyn Vandenberg Micka)


Lt. Edward Micka, born at Guyuga, N. Dak., 10 October 1915, enlisted in the U.S. Navy 19 June 1984. Appointed midshipman from the Navy at large the following year, he was commissioned ensign 1 June 1939. He served on Minneapolis and Clemson prior to receiving his wings as a Navy pilot and was attached to Fighting Squadron 9, onboard Ranger, in November 1942. On the 8th, he led three flights in support of the initial phase of operation “Torch,” the assault and occupation of Morocco. In the first two flights he led his sections against airdromes at Rabat-Sale and Port Lyautey, destroying at least 17 hostile planes on the ground. During the third his section. provided direct support to ground forces by destroying several machinegun nests. Two days later he participated in the attack on the Mediouna airdrome, conducting strafing runs at low altitudes. Lieutenant Micka, lost his life on the fifth run when his plane was hit by antiaircraft fire. He was awarded the Navy Cross posthumously “for extraordinary hero-ism and distinguished service in action as a pilot” during operation “Torch.”

Micka (DE-176) was laid down 3 May 1943 by the Federal Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Co., Kearny, N.J.; launched 22 August 1943: sponsored by Mrs. Edward Micka, widow of Lieutenant Micka; and commissioned 23 September 1943, Lt. G. C. Spencer in command.

Assigned to Escort Division 24 Micka guarded merchantmen and naval supply vessels plying the waters of the eastern Atlantic from Recife, Brazil, to New York until 12 November 1944. She then reported at Recife for 3 months of midocean antisubmarine patrols with the 4th Fleet. Detached in March 1945, she steamed north; served briefly with the eastern sea frontier on antisubmarine patrol; and then completed a round-trip voyage to Oran, Algeria, as convoy escort. On 11 June she entered the Charleston, S.C., Navy Yard for overhaul preparatory to her transfer to the Pacific.

Micka arrived at Pearl Harbor 15 August, the day after Japan agreed to surrender under the terms of the Potsdam Declaration. She remained in Hawaii, conducting local exercises, until 18 December, when, with over 300 naval passengers, she got underway for the east coast. She disembarked her passengers at Boston 6 January and sailed at the end of the month for Green Cove Springs, Fla. There she decommissioned and entered the Atlantic Reserve Fleet 14 June 1946. Micka remained berthed in the St. Johns River until struck from the Naval Register 1 August 1965 and sold for scrapping to Peck Iron & Metals Co., 15 May 1967.
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National WWII Memorial, Washington, D.C.  Registry~NARA~War Department Files
Honoree Hometown Service Source  Edward Micha Billings, MT U.S. Navy American Legion
Edward Micha  BRANCH OF SERVICE: U.S. Navy
HOMETOWN: Billings, MT   HONORED BY: American Legion
ACTIVITY DURING WWII    KILLED IN ACTION IN NOVEMBER 1942.
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National WWII Memorial, Washington, D.C.  Registry~NARA~War Department Files
Honoree Hometown Service Source     Edward Micka Billings, MT U.S. Navy                      Mr. Grant H. Rogers;   Edward Micka    BRANCH OF SERVICE: U.S. Navy
HOMETOWN: Billings, MT     HONORED BY: Mr. GRANT H ROGERS, Classmate.
ACTIVITY DURING WWII    U.S. NAVAL ACADEMY CLASS OF 1939. KILLED IN ACTION IN THE FIRST ALLIED INVASION IN FRENCH MOROCCO, AFRICA IN NOVEMBER 1942. KILLED IN HIS WILDCAT FIGHTER PLANE IN FIGHTER GROUP 9 (VF-9).
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National WWII Memorial, Washington, D.C.   Registry~NARA~War Department Files
Honoree Hometown Service Source     Edward Micka   Great Neck, NY   U.S. Navy National Archives    Lieutenant Edward Micka    Branch of Service: U.S. Navy
Hometown: Great Neck, NY    Status: KIA
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U.S. Rosters of World War II Dead, 1939-1945    Name: Edward Micka
Gender: Male    Race: White    Religion: Protestant
Cemetery Name: Fort Snelling National Cemetery, 7601 34th Avenue, South Minneapolis 9, Minnesota    Disposition: According to next of kin
Service Branch: Navy    Service Number: 82617
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World War II Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard Casualties, 1941-1945
Name: Edward Micka    Relative Name: Mrs. Evelyn Vandenberg Micka
Relative Relationship: Wife   State: New York
Country: United States   Type of Casualty: Killed In Action
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DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS' AFFAIRS   Nationwide Gravesite Locator
MICKA, EDWARD     LT   US NAVY   WORLD WAR II  
DATE OF BIRTH: 10/10/1915     DATE OF DEATH: 11/09/1942  
BURIED AT: SECTION C-1  SITE 7489    FT. SNELLING NATIONAL CEMETERY  
7601 34TH AVENUE, SOUTH MINNEAPOLIS, MN 55450   (612) 726-1127  
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_Micka
Lt. Edward Micka, born at Cayuga, North Dakota, 10 October 1915, enlisted in the United States Navy 19 June 1934. Appointed midshipman from the Navy at large the following year, he was commissioned ensign 1 June 1939.

Navy career
He served on USS Minneapolis (CA-36) and USS Clemson (DD-186) prior to receiving his wings as a Navy pilot and was attached to Fighting Squadron 9, onboard USS Ranger (CV-4), in November 1942. On the 8th, he led three flights in support of the initial phase of Operation Torch, the assault and occupation of Morocco. In the first two flights he led his sections against airdromes at Rabat Sale and Port Lyautey, destroying at least 17 hostile planes on the ground. During the third his section. provided direct support to ground forces by destroying several machine gun nests.

Awarded Navy Cross
Two days later he participated in the attack on the Mediouna airdrome, conducting strafing runs at low altitudes. Lieutenant Micka lost his life on the fifth run when his plane was hit by antiaircraft fire. He was awarded the Navy Cross posthumously “for extraordinary hero ism and distinguished service in action as a pilot” during Operation Torch.

Namesake
USS Micka (DE-176) was named in his honor. The ship was launched 22 August 1943, sponsored by Mrs. Edward Micka, widow of Lieutenant Micka, and commissioned 23 September 1943.
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http://www.navylog.org/     EDWARD MICKA   Rate / Rank: LT   Service Branch: USN

USS MICKA was the first Ship to be named in his Honor.

USS Micka (DE 176)   Flag Hoist / Radio Call Sign:    N - F - F - Z
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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
American Campaign Medal - European-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal
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Specifications:
Class: Cannon
Type: DET (diesel-electric tandem motor drive, long hull, 3" guns)
Displacement: 1240 tons (light), 1620 tons (full)
Length: 300' (wl), 306' (oa)
Beam: 36' 10" (extreme)
Draft: 10' 6" (draft limit)
Propulsion: 4 GM Mod. 16-278A diesel engines with electric drive, 6000 shp, 2 screws
Speed: 21 kts
Range: 10,800 nm @ 12 knots
Armament: 3 x 3"/50 Mk22 (1x3), 1 twin 40mm Mk1 AA, 8 x 20mm Mk 4 AA, 3 x 21" Mk15 TT (3x1), 1 Hedgehog Projector Mk10 (144 rounds), 8 Mk6 depth charge projectors, 2 Mk9 depth charge tracks
Complement: 15 / 201
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Micka (DE 176) Building and Operational Data:
3 May 1943: Keel laid at the Federal Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Co., Port Newark, N.J.
22 August 1943: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Edward Micka, widow of Lieutenant Micka
23 September 1943: Commissioned, Lt. G. C. Spencer in command
14 June 1946: Decommissioned at Green Cove Springs, Fla.
1 August 1965: Stricken from the NVR
15 May 1967: Sold for scrapping to the Peck Iron & Metal Co. of Portsmouth, Va.
 USS Micka (DE 176) (1943-1946) was the first ship to be named in his honor.
 (Military Photo from the U.S. Naval Academy Yearbook; The Lucky Bag, Class of 1939.)

Lt Edward Micka, USN, KIA 9 Nov. 1942, N Africa

N Africa

Mrs Evelyn Vandenberg Micka with 10 Month old Barbara at Christening of the USS Micka

From Findagrave.com:   Edward Micka   Birth:  Oct. 10, 1915    Death:  Nov. 9, 1942
Burial: Fort Snelling National Cemetery   Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota, USA

Imported from: US Veteran's Affairs ...Record added: Mar 04, 2000 ..........................      ..Find A Grave Memorial# 3476431

Inscription:  Edward Micka , North Dakota, LT U.S. NAVY,  WORLD WAR II
October 10, 1915 ---   November 9, 1942

USS RANGER; 

 

Ranger Air Group Over Casablanca --
OPERATION TORCH

     

Details of the USS Ranger's participation in the North African campaign called "OPERATION TORCH" are contained in the excellent history of the USS Ranger compiled by Robert J. Cressman for the Spring and Summer issues of The Hook: Journal of Carrier Aviation.  Perhaps the best perspective from a pilot's viewpoint was in a 1943 edition of a book entitled Wildcats Over Casablanca, updated in 1992 by John W. Lambert.  Many of the pilots participating in OPERATION TORCH remained with Air Group 4 during most of the war.

During OPERATION TORCH, the Ranger was joined with 4 escort carriers, the USS Santee, USS Suwanee, USS Sangamon and USS Chenango, for the North African engagement. At the time OPERATION TORCH was considered the most ambitious naval operation yet conducted in the European-African theater.

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