Chenoweth, Joseph Gordon, TM2c

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Last Rank
Torpedoman 2nd Class
Last Primary NEC
TM-0000-Torpedoman's Mate
Last Rating/NEC Group
Torpedoman's Mate
Primary Unit
1942-1944, TM-0000, Prisoner of War
Service Years
1939 - 1944
TM-Torpedoman's Mate
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Home Town
Sutherlin, OR
Last Address
Sutherlin, OR
(Parents- Mr & Mrs Harry W. Chenoweth

Casualty Date
Sep 07, 1944
Hostile, Died while Captured
Unknown, Not Reported
World War II
Location of Interment
Manila American Cemetery - Taguig City, Philippines
Wall/Plot Coordinates
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Last Known Activity
Joseph Chenoweth was a member of the crew of the submarine tender U.S.S. CANOPUS (AS-9), serving in the Philippine Islands. After the ship was severely damaged on December 29, 1941, and subsequently scuttled to prevent the vessel from falling into enemy hands, he and his surviving comrades joined the ground forces in defense of Bataan and Corregidor. He was subsequently captured and interned as a Prisoner of War.
221 of her crewmen of the USS Canopus were evacuated to Corregidor on 28 February 1942 and served with the Marines 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Battalions on beach defenses. The final 327 crewmen were also evacuated to Corregidor and served in the 4th Marine Regiment's 4th Battalion Reserves (Provisional) which fought gallantly during the final battle for the island fortress. Nearly all Canopus crewmen were captured at the fall of Corregidor and spent the rest of the war in Japanese POW Camps in the Philippines and the Asian mainland. Some of the captured crew did not survive, but were killed on 14 December 1944 in the Palawan massacre.

212 were killed/missing in Action.

Name of Award
Prison of War Medal
Year Awarded
Details behind Award:
Awarded for actions during the World War II

Torpedoman Second Class Joseph Gordon Chenoweth (NSN: 3932825), United States Navy, a former crewman of the U.S.S. CANOPUS (AS-9), was captured by the Japanese after the fall of Corregidor, Philippine Islands, on 6 May 1942, and was held as a Prisoner of War until his death while in captivity. [Some records show that Joseph Chenoweth was killed in the Battle of Sunda Strait, but he is listed by NARA as a Prisoner of War.]
General Orders: NARA Database: Records of World War II Prisoners of War, created, 1942 - 1947
Action Date: May 6, 1942 - Died in Captivity
Service: Navy
Rank: Torpedoman Second Class
Division: Prisoner of War (Philippine Islands and Japan)
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 Duty Stations
USS Maryland (BB-46)USS Canopus (AS-9)USS Perch (SS-176)4th Marine Regiment
Prisoner of War
  1939-1940, S2c-0000, USS Maryland (BB-46)
  1940-1940, S2c-0000, USS Canopus (AS-9)
  1940-1941, TM-0000, USS Perch (SS-176)
  1941-1942, TM-0000, USS Canopus (AS-9)
  1942-1942, TM-0000, 4th Marine Regiment
  1942-1944, TM-0000, Prisoner of War
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1941 Philippine Islands Campaign (1941-42)/USS Canopus (AS-9)
  1941-1945 World War II
  1942-1942 Philippine Islands Campaign (1941-42)/Battle of Bataan
  1942-1942 Philippine Islands Campaign (1941-42)/Battle of Corrigedor
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Jan 09, 1939, Service entry date and Serial Number
  Apr 26, 1939, Transferred to USS Utah for Transport to USS Maryland
  May 14, 1939, Transferred to USS Maryland for duty from the USS Utah
  Mar 11, 1940, Transferred to USS Medus for transport to USS Henderson
  Mar 16, 1940, Transferred to USS Henderson for transport to ASTA DUTY
  May 07, 1940, Transferred to USS Canopus
  Nov 02, 1940, Transferred to USS Perch
  Nov 16, 1940, Promoted to S1c
  May 01, 1941, Promoted TM3c
  Sep 19, 1941, Transferred to USS Canopus For Duty and Treatment
  Feb 28, 1942, Transferred to Fourth Marines, Corregidor, PI
  May 06, 1942, Prisoner of War during WWII
  May 07, 1942, Promoted to TM2 Automatically while POW
  Sep 07, 1944, Missing in Action
  Apr 12, 2016, General Photos1
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World War II FallenUnited States Navy Memorial The National Gold Star Family RegistryWW II Memorial National Registry
  2016, World War II Fallen
  2016, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
  2016, The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2016, WW II Memorial National Registry
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