Boatright, Jack Robert, GM1c

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Last Rank
Gunner's Mate 1st Class
Last Primary NEC
GMG-0000-Gunner's Mate Guns
Last Rating/NEC Group
Gunner's Mate
Primary Unit
1942-1942, GMG-0000, USS Juneau (CL-52)
Service Years
1937 - 1942
Official/Unofficial US Navy Certificates
Order of the Shellback
Panama Canal
Plank Owner
GM-Gunner's Mate
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Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
East Point, GA
Last Address
East Point, GA

Casualty Date
Nov 13, 1942
Hostile, Died
Lost At Sea-Unrecovered
Pacific Ocean
World War II
Location of Interment
Hillcrest Cemetery - East Point, Georgia
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 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

Order of the Shellback

 Military Association Memberships
WWII Memorial National RegistryThe National Gold Star Family RegistryUnited States Navy Memorial World War II Fallen
  2014, WWII Memorial National Registry
  2014, The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2014, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
  2014, World War II Fallen

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
US Navy
  1938-1941, GMG-0000, USS Nashville (CL-43)
  1941-1942, GMG-0000, Broken Service
  1942-1942, GMG-0000, USS Juneau (CL-52)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-42)
  1942-1942 Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-42)/Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Shellback and Panama Canal
  Jul 15, 1937, Service entry date
  Jun 06, 1938, First Received on Board USS Nashville
  Apr 23, 1941, Promoted to 3rd Class Petty Officer
  Jul 22, 1941, Honorably Discharged
  Jan 15, 1942, Reenlisted in the Navy
  Feb 14, 1942, Received onboard on USS Juenau
  Feb 14, 1942, Plank Owner of USS Juneau4
  Sep 01, 1942, Promoted to 2nd Class Petty Officer
  Nov 13, 2014, General Photos7
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
On 8 November, Juneau departed Nouméa, New Caledonia as a unit of TF 67 under the command of Rear Admiral Richmond K. Turner to escort reinforcements to Guadalcanal. The force arrived there early morning on 12 November, and Juneau took up her station in the protective screen around the transports and cargo vessels. Unloading proceeded unmolested until 1405, when 30 Japanese planes attacked the alerted United States group. The AA fire was effective, and Juneau alone accounted for six enemy torpedo bombers shot down. The few remaining Japanese planes were in turn attacked by American fighters; only one bomber escaped. Later in the day, an American attack group of cruisers and destroyers cleared Guadalcanal on reports that a large enemy surface force was headed for the island. At 0148 on 13 November, Rear Admiral Daniel J. Callaghan's relatively small Landing Support Group engaged the enemy. The Japanese force consisted of two battleships, one light cruiser, and nine destroyers.

Because of bad weather and confused communications, the battle occurred in near pitch darkness and at almost point-blank range as the ships of the two sides became intermingled. During the melee, Juneau was struck on the port side by a torpedo causing a severe list, and necessitating withdrawal. Before noon on 13 November, Juneau, along with two other cruisers damaged in the battle — Helena and San Francisco — headed toward Espiritu Santo for repairs. Juneau was steaming on one screw, keeping station 800 yd (730 m) off the starboard quarter of the likewise severely damaged San Francisco. She was down 12 ft (4 m) by the bow, but able to maintain 13 kn (15 mph, 24 km/h). A few minutes after 1100, two torpedoes were launched from I-26. These were intended for San Francisco, but both passed ahead of her. One struck Juneau in the same place that had been hit during the battle. There was a great explosion; Juneau broke in two and disappeared in just 20 seconds. Fearing more attacks from I-26, and wrongly assuming from the massive explosion that there were no survivors, Helena and San Francisco departed without attempting to rescue any survivors. In fact, more than 100 sailors had survived the sinking of Juneau. They were left to fend for themselves in the open ocean for eight days before rescue aircraft belatedly arrived. While awaiting rescue, all but 10 died from the elements and shark attacks, including the five Sullivan brothers. Two of the brothers apparently survived the sinking, only to die in the water; two presumably went down with the ship. Some reports indicate the fifth brother also survived the sinking, but disappeared during the first day in the water.
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