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Radioman 3rd Class Eugene F. Belli
U.S. Navy





Sources:
- American Legion Post 146, Winthrop, Mass.
- U.S. Navy Memorial
- American Battle Monuments Commission
- HonorStates.org


Eugene F. Belli - U.S. Navy, WWII - was a Radio Operator 3rd Class aboard the destroyer USS Meredith. He was killed in action on October 15, 1945 off of Guadalcanal. His ship was on a relief mission to bring supplies to U.S. Marines on Guadaclanal when they were attacked by a number of Japanese carrier borne aircraft. A running battle ensued in which the USS Meredith was hit by four bombs and one torpedo. They were able to shoot down five enemy aircraft, but sank losing all but 80 of the crewmen. Many survivors in the were machined junned by Japanese aircraft, and after three days in the water rescue, before rescue, many were killed by sharks. Radio Operator Belli is believed to have been killed in the initial attack by a bomb. He was awarded the Purple Heart, and is memorialized on the Tablets of the Missing at Normandy American Cemetery, Colleville-sur-Mer, France. He lived on Wilshire Street.

Winthrop High School Class of 1940

USS Meredith (DD-434): Wikipedia

Memorial location: At corner Main and Wilshire Streets

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