Wendell Thurman Moffitt was born in Taylor, Texas to Hascal Bouldin Moffitt and Sarah Janie Meadows.

He was a signalman on the USS Lexington CV-16. He was killed at Tarawa, buried at sea 5 November 1944. The aircraft carrier USS Lexington was badly damaged by Kamikaze attacks off Luzon.

Memorialized at Manila American Cemetery, the Philippines.

The Chattanooga Daily Times, January 10, 1945
Signalman 3C Wendell Thurman Moffitt, 21, son of Mr. and Mrs. H.B. Moffitt, 210½ Frazier Avenue, was reported killed in action in the Pacific on Nov. 5. Signalman Moffitt enlisted in the navy in July, 1942, after being graduated from Vocational High School a few weeks before. He was the brother of Mrs. Emma Queen Smartt, 508 Haymore Street, and of Elijah Moffitt and Jerome Moffitt of Chattanooga. Mr. and Mrs. Moffitt were informed by the chaplain of his ship that he had been buried at sea with full military honors.

  • Rank: Signalman Third Class
  • Date of birth:
  • 2 November 1923
  • Date of death: 5 November 1944
  • County: Hamilton
  • Hometown: Chattanooga
  • Service Branch: Navy
  • Division/Assignment: USS Lexington (CV-16)
  • Theater: Pacific
  • Conflict: World War II
  • Battles: Tarawa
  • Awards: Purple Heart
  • Burial/Memorial Location: Manila American Cemetery, Fort Bonifacio, Manila, Philippines
  • Location In Memorial: Pillar XI, Bottom Panel
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