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Michael was killed during Operation Torch on 12 November 1942 when his ship the USS Tasker H. Bliss was torpedoed by the German submarine U-130. U-130 sneaked into the heavily guarded Fedhala Roads, Morocco and fired five torpedoes at three U.S. transport ships at anchor. All three transport ships sunk. Four months later on 12 March 1943, U-130 was sunk by the American destroyer USS Champlin near the Azores.
Michael Bielko is listed on the Tablets of the Missing at the North Africa American Cemetery in Carthage, Tunisia. He is not forgotten and Fourth of July gave us inspiration to remember him in our prayers once again.
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