Austin, John Arnold, C.C.

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Last Rank
Chief Carpenter (CWO)
Last Service Branch
Repair Technician
Last Primary NEC
CWO-Chief Warrant Officer - Carpenter
Last Rating/NEC Group
Chief Warrant Officer
Primary Unit
1940-1941, CWO, USS Oklahoma (BB-37)
Service Years
1920 - 1941
Repair Technician
Chief Carpenter (CWO)

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Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Warrior, AL
Last Address
823 Walnut St
Orange, CA
(Wife~Florence Austin)

Casualty Date
Dec 07, 1941
Hostile, Died
Other Explosive Device
World War II
Location of Interment
National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific - Honolulu, Hawaii
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Grave: The Unknown of the USS Oklahoma

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Namesake~USS Austin (DE-15) posted by Burgdorf, Tommy (Birddog, TWS Memorial "A" Team), FC2 439 
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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
USS Canopus (AS-9)US Navy
  1935-1935, WO, USS Canopus (AS-9)
  1935-1937, WO, USS Augusta (CA-31)
  1937-1939, WO, USS Tennessee (BB-43)
  1939-1940, WO, USS Rigel (AD-13)
  1940-1941, CWO, USS Oklahoma (BB-37)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1941 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Attack on Pearl Harbor
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Jul 01, 1935, Commissioned to Warrant Officer
  Jul 01, 1941, Promoted to Chief Warrant Officer
  Feb 24, 1960, Memorial Marker also at Barrancas National Cemetery, Pensacola, FL SECTION MA SITE 52
  Dec 30, 2017, General Photos1
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Last Known Activity

Chief Warrant Officer John Austin was Killed in Action on December 7, 1941, during the attack on Pearl Harbor.  He was stationed aboard the USS Oklahoma BB37. 

Chief Warrant Officer Austin enlisted in the United States Navy on 20 November 1920. Between that time and 26 July 1935, he served four successive enlistments. On that date, Austin accepted an acting appointment as carpenter (warrant officer grade) and reported on board the submarine tender Canopus then serving as a unit of the Asiatic Fleet. On 8 August, he detached from the tender and reported for duty in Augusta. On 4 December 1935, Austin received a permanent warrant as a carpenter. He left the heavy cruiser on 13 July 1937 and reported on board Tennessee on 10 September 1937. He served in that battleship until detached on 14 June 1939 to proceed to further assignment to Rigel reporting on 18 July 1939. After 14 months in that destroyer tender, Carpenter Austin departed on 21 September 1940 bound for duty in Oklahoma and reported on board the battleship on 5 October 1940. In October 1941, Austin received a commission as chief carpenter (commissioned warrant officer).|

On the morning of 7 December 1941, Chief Carpenter Austin was in Oklahoma. When the battleship capsized as a result of Japanese bombs and torpedoes, he was trapped below water with many of his shipmates. Austin searched for a means of escape and found a porthole which, though beneath the surface, offered just such an avenue. As a result of his efforts, 15 sailors escaped a watery grave. Chief Carpenter Austin, however, did not. As his citation reads, "He gallantly gave his life in the service of his country." Chief Carpenter Austin was awarded the Navy Cross posthumously.


Name of Award
Navy Cross
Year Awarded
Details behind Award:
Awarded for actions during the World War II

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Chief Carpenter John Arnold Austin (NSN: 75565), United States Navy, for exceptional courage, presence of mind, and devotion to duty and disregard for his personal safety while serving on board the Battleship U.S.S. OKLAHOMA (BB-37), during the Japanese attack on the United States Pacific Fleet in Pearl Harbor, Territory of Hawaii, on 7 December 1941. When the U.S.S. OKLAHOMA capsized, Chief Carpenter Austin and a number of the crew were entrapped in one of the ship's compartments. By his efforts, a porthole which was under water was located and he assisted fifteen of the crew to escape. The conduct of Chief Carpenter Austin throughout this action reflects great credit upon himself, and was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
General Orders: Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 325 (April 1944)
Action Date: December 7, 1941
Service: Navy
Rank: Chief Carpenter
Division: U.S.S. Oklahoma (BB-37)
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