Sterling C. Foster

Missing Status

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Sterling C. Foster, Chief Electrician's Mate
World War II
Service #3718129
RankChief Electrician's Mate, U.S. Navy
Entered Service From
New York
Date of DeathDecember 10, 1941
Memorialized Walls of the Missing
Manila American Cemetery
Taguig City, Philippines

Chief Foster was initially listed as missing in action. After the war, his remains were recovered and he was buried at sea at the request of his next of kin. His name is permanently engraved on the Walls of the Missing at Manila American Cemetery.

Purple Heart

The Purple Heart is awarded to members of the Armed Forces of the United States who after 5 April 1917 have been wounded or killed in action against an enemy of the United States or an opposing armed force, while serving with friendly foreign forces engaged in an armed conflict, as the result of acts of enemy or hostile opposing forces, as a result of terrorist attacks or attacks on peacekeeping forces since 28 March 1973, or by friendly fire in circumstance as described above.

rosetta medal
When an individual’s remains have been accounted for by the U.S. Department of Defense, a rosette is placed next to the name on the Wall/Tablet/Court of the Missing to mark that the person now rests in a known gravesite.
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