Roger David Pleiss was born on September 4, 1926 in Albert Lea, Freeborn County, Minnesota to William and Rhonda Bothum Pleiss. He had two older brothers and one younger sister. His father repaired cars for a living.
He had enlisted in the Navy and had the rank of Enlisted as a Fireman Second Class. Service number was 7583568. Served with USS Indianapolis (CA-35).
Pleiss perished in the sinking of the USS Indianapolis on July 30, 1945 when it was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine off the Waters of Guam, Philippine Sea. Of the 1,196 aboard, 300 went down with the ship, about 890 made it into the water in the twelve minutes before she sank. Few life rafts were released. Most survivors wore the standard kapok life jacket. Due to her top-secret mission, she was not reported missing. Shark attacks began with sunrise of the first day and continued for four days until the men were finally spotted in the water and rescued. Only 316 men survived.
Roger David Pleiss is memorialized at Tablets of the Missing at Manila American Cemetery, Manila, Philippines. This is an American Battle Monuments Commission location.
★ Purple Heart
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