USS Colorado Sailor Accounted For From World War II (Martinez, M.)

Release No: 19-102 June 17, 2019 PRINT | E-MAIL
WASHINGTON — Navy Reserve Seaman 2nd Class Moyses A. Martinez, killed during World War II, was accounted for on June 10, 2019.

(Official DoD release will be updated following Primary Next of Kin briefing.)

On July 24, 1944, Martinez was aboard the battleship USS Colorado, which was moored approximately 3,200 yards from the shore of Tinian Island, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. Early in the morning, the USS Colorado, along with the light cruiser Cleveland and destroyers Remey and Norman Scott, commenced firing toward the island. Within two hours, a concealed Japanese shore battery opened fire on the USS Colorado and the USS Norman Scott. The first hit on the USS Colorado resulted in a heavy explosion, and the ship sustained extensive fragmentation damage. From the attack, four crewmen were declared missing in action, and 39 personnel were killed, including Martinez. Martinez and the other casualties were subsequently interred in the 4th Marine Division Cemetery on Saipan.

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