Born 1902, Tennessee
Son of Lone Joseph Hass and Margaret A. Walden

Oliver Hass served on the U.S.S. Keokuk.
On 21 February 1945, Task Group 51.5 was operating in the Western half of a fueling and waiting area, 20 miles wide, 100 miles long, running NW and SE, 85 miles from Mt. Suribachi, Iwo Jima. T.G. 51.5 was attacked by three unidentified Japanese aircraft which made suicide crashes on USS Keokuk (AKN-47), LST 477 and LST 644, resulting in hits on Keokuk and LST 477, and a near miss on LST 644. The duration of the attack was between 1723 and 1725, 21 February 1945.

About one minute after the LST 477 was hit by an enemy plane that was seen to cross from starboard to port across this vessel in a dive of about 45 degrees and crashed into the bridge of the Keokuk and set her afire.

Oliver Hass was Killed in Action. He is memorialized at the Honolulu Memorial, Hawaii.

South Pittsburg Hustler, March 22, 1945
Four times a volunteer for military service, S1/C Oliver Hass has been listed as killed in action in the Pacific theater of war and buried at sea, according to word received recently from the War Department. Hass, army volunteer in World War I,, and a volunteer of post-war service, volunteered the service at the outbreak of the present conflict after being honorably discharged because of his age. He later volunteered, and was accepted for service int he navy, and was serving on an invasion craft when killed. Hass was a resident of Richard City, and an employe of the Penn-Dixie Cement Corporation.

  • Rank: Seaman First Class
  • Date of death: 21 February 1945
  • County: Marion
  • Service Branch: Navy
  • Division/Assignment: USS Keokuk (AKN-47)
  • Theater: Pacific
  • Conflict: World War II
  • Battles: Iwo Jima
  • Awards: Purple Heart
  • Burial/Memorial Location: Honolulu Memorial, Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Location In Memorial: Pillar XV, Middle Panel
  • Contact us to sponsor Oliver Hass

Image Gallery

Click a thumbnail below to view at full size.


Submit more information on this veteran →