Cheney, John Francis, LT

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Last Rank
Last Primary NEC
112X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Submarine Warfare
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1942-1943, USS Amberjack (SS-219)
Service Years
1937 - 1943

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Boston, MA
Last Address
621 W. Oliver St
Owosso, MI
(Wife: Clara Bell Cheney)

Casualty Date
Feb 16, 1943
Hostile, Died while Missing
Lost At Sea-Unrecovered
Papua New Guinea
World War II
Location of Interment
Manila American Cemetery - Taguig City, Philippines
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Tablets of the Missing (cenotaph)

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WWII Memorial National RegistryThe National Gold Star Family RegistryUnited States Navy Memorial World War II Fallen
  2013, WWII Memorial National Registry
  2015, The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2015, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
  2015, World War II Fallen

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
USS Amberjack (SS-219)
  1942-1943, USS Amberjack (SS-219)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1945 Submarine War Patrols
  1941-1945 World War II
  1941-1945 Submarine War Patrols
  1942-1943 Submarine War Patrols
 Colleges Attended 
United States Naval Academy
  1933-1937, United States Naval Academy2
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  Mar 23, 2015, General Photos
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Final Patrol
Departing Brisbane on 26 January 1943, Amberjack, under Lieutenant Commander J. A. Bole, Jr., started her third war patrol in the Solomons area. On 29 January she was directed to pass close to Tetipari Island and then proceed to the northwest and patrol the approaches to Shortland Basin. Orders were radioed on 1 February for her to move north and patrol the western approaches to Buka Passage. Having complied with these orders,Amberjack made her first radio report, on 3 February, telling of contact with an enemy submarine 14 miles southeast of Treasury Island on 1 February, and of sinking a two-masted schooner by gunfire twenty miles from Buka the afternoon of 3 February 1943. At this time she was ordered to move south along the Buka-Shortland traffic lane and patrol east of Vella Lavella Island.

Making a second radio transmission on 4 February, Amberjack reported having sunk a 5,000-ton freighter laden with explosives in a two-hour night surface attack that date in which five torpedoes were fired. During this engagement Chief Pharmacist's Mate Arthur C. Beeman was killed by machine gun fire, and an officer was slightly wounded in the hand. On 8 February, Amberjack was ordered to move to the west side of Ganongga Island and on the 10th, she was directed to keep south of Latitude 7°-30'S, and to cover the traffic routes from Rabaul and Buka to Shortland Basin. On 13 February Amberjack was assigned the entire Rabaul-Buka-Shortland Sea area, and told to hunt for traffic.

The last radio transmission received from Amberjack was made on 14 February 1943. She related having been forced down the night before by two destroyers, and that she had recovered from the water and taken prisoner an enemy aviator on 13 February. She was ordered north of Latitude 6°-30'S, and told to keep hunting for Rabaul traffic.

All further messages to Amberjack remained unanswered, and when, by March 10, she had failed to make her routine report estimating the time of her arrival at base, she was ordered to do so. No reply was received, and she was reported as presumed lost on 22 March 1943.

After the War
Reports received from the enemy since the end of the war record an attack which probably sank Amberjack. On 16 February 1943, the torpedo boat Hiyo-Dori and subchaser number 18 attacked a U.S. submarine with nine depth charges in 5°-05'S, 152°-37'E. An escorting patrol plane had previously attacked the submarine. A large amount of heavy oil and "parts of the hull" came to the surface. This attack is believed to have sunk Amberjack. However, no final conclusions can be drawn, since Grampus was lost in the same area at about the same time. From the evidence available, it is considered most likely that the attack of 16 February sank Amberjack, but if she did survive this attack, any one of the attacks and sightings thought to have been made on Grampus (see section on Grampus'loss) might have been made on Amberjack.
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