Samuel Neeld was born on July 1, 1925 to Benjamin and Marian Neeld who lived in Granogue, Delaware. The family later moved to West Chester, Pennsylvania. Samuel was one of two children.
Samuel attended the West Chester High School. He left school his junior year to help support the family. Samuel obtained employment at Sun Ship Company in Chester, where his father worked. He attended the Nazarene Church.
Samuel enlisted in the Navy in March, 1943. He received basic training at Bainbridge, Maryland, then additional training at Great Lakes Naval Station near Chicago.
Samuel received orders to travel to California for sea duty in September, and was granted a leave. The travel time only allowed him two days to visit his family.
Seaman Second Class Samuel Neeld was Killed In Action at an undisclosed location in the Pacific Theater on January 21, 1944. Samuel was buried at Rockwood Cemetery in Sydney, Australia. In 1948, he was disinterred to be returned for burial in his home country. Services were held on March 5, 1944 in Coatesville. Interment was at the Bradford Cemetery in Marshallton.
Research by Don Wambold, WCMSC