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|Comment||The 133rd Military Police Platoon, had severe losses when travelling on the SS Elihu Thomson. The troop transport struck an enemy mine near the coast of New Caledonia. The resulting explosion killed approximately one-third of the platoon. Eleven bodies were recovered and all were identified as members of the 133rd MP Platoon. Ten of them are buried at the Punch Bowl Cemetery in Hawaii. Those MPs recovered were: Bittner, Joseph A, SGT (No burial information) Farrell, David, PFC. DOB: 11/29/1912, Fortier, Bertrand J. H., PVT, DOB: 5/15/1922 Hofecker, Melvin R., DOB: Unk Hunter, Ronald C, SSG, DOB: 12/06/1909 Kovacs, Victor, PFC, DOB: 6/18/1919 McComas, Harold C, PVT, DOB: 3/7/1923 Novobilski, John F, PVT, DOB: 7/6/1923 Selvidge, Robert M, SGT, DOB: 1/31/1921 Wallace, Lenson, PVT, 11/10/1918 Williams, Paul B, 1LT, 6/30/1918 The Naval Registry gives the ship’s name as 0427 - Elihu Thomson (no P) although citations awarded to ship’s crew uses the “P.” Must be a typo somewhere??|
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