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ZWARUN, Michael, Jr. - S1/c USN - New Jersey

Michael Zwarun, Jr. S1c

Michael Zwarun, Jr. S1c

Michael Zwarun, Jr.

Seaman First Class

Michael Zwarun, Jr. S1c

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  • Name: Michael "Patch" Zwarun, Jr.
  • Branch: United States Navy
  • Service Number: 223 79 01
  • Rate: S1/c (Seaman First Class)
  • Duties: Know naval drill duties, knots, steering and signaling. Stand watch and gunnery duties.
  • Enlisted: 8 August 1940
  • Place: New York, New York
  • Onboard USS Arizona: 27 November 1941
  • From: USS Ellet (see note below)
  • Date of Birth: Abt October 1919
  • Place of Birth: New Jersey
  • Hometown / State December 1941: Linden, New Jersey
  • Next of Kin: Mr. Michael Zwarun, Sr. - Father
  • Address: 1305 Bauer St., Linden, New Jersey
  • Parents: Michael and Josephine (Widrow) Zwarun (both from Zborroz, Austria)
  • Disposition: Recovered - Originally interred in Nuuanu Cemetery, Hawaii. After war returned to New Jersey. Reinterred Rosehill Cemetery, Linden, New Jersey
  • Posthumous Awards: Purple Heart, American Defense Service Medal w/Fleet Clasp, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/Star, WWII Victory Medal

From USS Ellet 30 Nov 1941 Report of Changes:
25 November 1941 - Awarded General Court Martial.
27 November 1941 - To USS Arizona for confinement awaiting trial by GCM.
From USS Ellet 8 Dec 1941 Report of Changes: Confinement on USS Arizona
Additional notes from USS Arizona historian crew records:
"Prisoner from USS Ellet [No Record Appears as to Date of When He Came Aboard] In Brig Awaiting General Court Martial for ?" (Information in file refers to fact that Zwarun is not listed in the 30 Nov or 31 Dec 1941 Report of Changes)
Information from article written by I. B. Nease 2004

He [Zwarun] had been in the crew of the destroyer Ellet and had been ordered to stand trial by general court-martial. Since the destroyer didn't have a brig, he was confined on board the Arizona while awaiting trial. His offenses were drunkenness, disorderly conduct, and swearing at the shore patrol. Those misdeeds cost him his life because he died on the Arizona.
Quoted from Battleship Arizona: An Illustrated History by Paul Stillwell (©1991) p.259; from a letter to the author by Vincent J. Vlach. Used by permission of both.

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