Sexton, Andrew Fairfax


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Age at Enlistment:  19

Length of Service: 1939-1945

State:  Virginia

Rank:  Mechanic – Seaman 1st Class

Unit:  U.S. Navy

Service Record:  He was assigned to several vessels from 1940 and throughout the war, then assigned to the destroyer U.S.S. Longshaw (DD559) in early 1944;  Ship record dated 30 May 1944 says ship put to sea from Pearl Harbor and was on combat operations in the Pacific almost continuously for the next year; He was wounded while on duty with the sinking of the Longshaw on 18 May 1945 off the coast of Okinawa by shore fire and kamikaze attack.

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U.S.S. Longshaw about 1944

Survived War:  Yes

Cemetery / Burial:   Burial unknown but likely Richmond Co., GA

Soldier Info:   Born in Washington Co., VA in 1920; Died in Richmond Co., GA in 1990

Relationship to Author:  2nd cousin 2x

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