Seaman First Class John Mick
Seaman 1/C John Mick USN
World War II
9 July 1926 ~ 11 February 1945
John Mick was born 9 July 1926 in St. Clairsville, Ohio. He was the loving son of Michael and Anna Mick and beloved brother of Irene Mick Muha and Mary Ann Mick Schelling.
John and his family were living in McKees Rocks Boro near Pittsburgh, PA when he quit high school to join the United States Navy. He was inducted into the Navy in October 1943.
First Class Seaman Mick went through basic training at the U.S. Naval Training Station in Sampson, New York and graduated from Naval Gunnery School in Newport, Rhode Island.
He reported for duty aboard the USS LST 577 and shipped out on his first cruise serving as a Gunners Mate.
On Sunday morning, 11 February in a convoy east of Mindinano, Philippine Islands the LST 577 while on a re-supply run to Lingayen Gulf, Leyte was torpedoed by Japanese sub RO50 and sunk.
Seaman First Class John Mick was only 18 years old when he was killed in action along with over one hundred and fifty Navy and Army personnel. His body was never recovered.
John was an easy going, caring and outgoing person who had many friends. He proudly answered his call to duty and served his country. His ultimate sacrifice will never be forgotten!
Victory Medal, Asiatic Pacific Area Campaign Medal, Philippine Liberation Medal, American Area Campaign Medal, Purple Heart
USS LST 577
11 February 1945