This collection contains thirty letters, original, and a personal narrative from RdM2/c Philip E. DeKorn, USN during the Second
World War. Also included is biographical information and ship history.
Radarman Second Class Philip Eugene DeKorn, United States Navy (8/4/1922 - 9/6/2019) was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan to
Joseph Peter DeKorn and Christina Catherine Blandford. He graduated from Union High School in 1940 and worked as an industrial
salesman and registered for the draft on June 30, 1942 and enlisted on August 28. He served in the Navy aboard the US destroyer
USS Uhlmann until 1946. The Uhlmann, with DeKorn, served in the Philippine Liberation and took part in strikes on Okinawa,
Formosa, Luzon, Samar, Hongkong, Hainan, and installations near Saigon and other ports. It also supported the Iwo Jima landing
and earned a position in Task Force 58 and later attacked the Japanese mainland.