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Howard Estelano Ortega

Howard Estelano Ortega

 Purple Heart

Rank/Rate Fireman, First Class
Service Number 553 84 62
Birth Date September 29, 1925
From Pastura, New Mexico
Decorations Purple Heart
Submarine USS Lagarto (SS-371)
Loss Date May 4, 1945
Location Off Malay coast near the Gulf of Siam
Circumstances Sunk by depth charge attack
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Photo and information courtesy of Carolyn Ortega, OLVM (Howard's sister) and Candi Worthington, via Michael Mohl, and Richard E. Gurule.

 

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