Verona Residence: 36 Glen Road
Reported missing after the explosion of the munitions ship, USS Mount
Hood at its base in the South Pacific, on which he served. Seaman
Woodford is included in the Navy’s official casualty list released today.
His family received word from the Navy department on last Nov. 30 and
it was confirmed after Christmas.
The 19-year-old member of the U.S. Naval reserve last sent a letter
written on Nov. 4 saying that the ship was waiting to discharge its cargo.
Woodford trained at Newport, R.I., and Norfolk, Va., going on active duty
last Aug. 20. His family last saw him early in August when he was home
on a five day leave.
He was graduated with honors from Montclair Academy last June, where
he was editor of the yearbook, a member of the tennis team, Forum and
Red and Black, an honorary society. He has a brother William, M. a
student at Cornell university, Ithaca, N.Y..
Thurston F. Woodford, Signalman Third Class, United States Naval
Reserve, died on Nov. 10, 1944. He is listed on the tablets of the missing
at Manila American Cemetery, Manila, Philippines.
The Nutley Son
January 19, 1945 (Courtesy of Anthony Buccino of Nutley Sons Honor Roll)
Newark Evening News
January 19, 1945
Thurston F. Woodford
Entered the Service From: New Jersey
Rank: Signalman, Third Class
Service: U.S. Navy, United States Naval Reserve
Died: Friday, November 10, 1944
Memorialized at: Manila American Cemetery
Location: Fort Bonifacio, Manila, Philippines