USS UTAH BB-31 / AG-16
The Forgotten Ship of Pearl Harbor
Rudolph P. Bielka
Rudolph Paul Bielka was a native of Stockton, CA and reported for duty to the USS Utah in 1939. He was the Damage Control Officer of the ship and was killed in action on December 7, 1941 during the attack on Pearl Harbor. Bielka was hit by a bomb and was trapped on the submerged port side of the ship. He was awarded the Purple Heart posthumously and remains on duty with his shipmates aboard the Utah. He is commemorated on the Memorial Tablets of the Missing, National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Honolulu, Hawaii. Rudolph was survived by his wife and son, Robert P. Bielka.