Mathis, Jacob, S1c

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Last Rank
Seaman 1st Class
Last Primary NEC
S1c-0000-Seaman 1st Class
Last Rating/NEC Group
Seaman First Class
Primary Unit
1941-1942, S1c-0000, USS Canopus (AS-9)
Service Years
1940 - 1942
Seaman 1st Class

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Home State
Georgia
Georgia
Year of Birth
1918
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Sale City
Last Address
Raleigh, NC

Casualty Date
Jan 25, 1942
 
Cause
Hostile-Body Not Recovered
Reason
Other Explosive Device
Location
Philippines
Conflict
World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Philippine Islands Campaign (1941-42)/Battle of Bataan
Location of Interment
Manila American Cemetery - Taguig City, Philippines
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Tablets of the Missing

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World War II FallenUnited States Navy Memorial The National Gold Star Family RegistryWW II Memorial National Registry
  2014, World War II Fallen [Verified]
  2014, United States Navy Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2014, The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2014, WW II Memorial National Registry

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 Duty Stations
US NavyNAVSTA Norfolk, VAUSS Arizona (BB-39)USS Canopus (AS-9)
  1940-1940, S2c-0000, USS Rodgers (DD-254)
  1940-1940, SA-0000, NAVSTA Norfolk, VA/Naval Receiving Station, Norfolk, VA
  1940-1940, SA-0000, USS Gilmer (DD-233)
  1941-1941, SA-0000, USS Arizona (BB-39)
  1941-1941, SA-0000, USS Tennessee (BB-43)
  1941-1941, SA-0000, USS Henderson (AP-1)
  1941-1941, S1c-0000, USS Otus (AS-20)
  1941-1942, S1c-0000, USS Canopus (AS-9)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1941 Philippine Islands Campaign (1941-42)/USS Canopus (AS-9)
  1941-1942 Philippine Islands Campaign (1941-42)/Battle of the Philippines
  1942-1942 Philippine Islands Campaign (1941-42)/Battle of Bataan
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Muster reports had him bouncing around various ships to get to his final ship. Found one muster report that he was transfered from the USS Arizona in April of 1941, If so he was not part of ships regular crew but only being transported. Jan 1941 to April 1941. He Was listed on his last ship as having died in action at Lapiay Point, PI

On 7 December 1941, Canopus, aging but able, lay at Cavite Navy Yard, as tender to Submarine Squadron 20. In the days that followed, her men worked day and night to repair ships damaged in the daily air raids as well as to keep her brood of submarines at sea. With the Army falling back on Manila, Canopus sailed to Mariveles Bay at the tip of Bataan on Christmas Day. On 29 December 1941 she received her first direct bomb hit. A 500-pound armor-piercing bomb penetrated all decks and exploded on the propeller shaft housing. Six sailors were killed mostly from scalding and fires started in the engine rooms and magazines. The six men were buried at sea at 1735 hours in Mariveles Bay at the tip of Bataan. On 1 January 1942 she received a second direct bomb hit. This time a fragmentation bomb which exploded near the top of the towering smokestack resulting in substantial damage to the ship and injuries to 16 men of the gun crews.

Disguised as a bombed out, listing, abandoned hulk, smoke pots were placed around the ship and giving the appearance of an abandoned hulk by day, while the ship hummed with activity by night. Her crew worked at a fevered pace repairing the smaller ships also left behind and keeping the submarines in action.

Just before the New Year, the last of the submarines left Canopus, but she never quit as she cared for small craft and equipment of the Army and Navy, sent her men into battle in the improvised naval battalion which fought on Bataan, and converted her own launches into miniature gunboats dubbed Mickey Mouse Battleships which attacked the Japanese moving south near the shore. But the overwhelming Japanese strength could not be held off forever, and upon the surrender of Bataan on the night of 8-9 April 1942, Canopus was ordered scuttled in Mariveles Bay, Bataan, to deny her use to the enemy. On 9 April, she was backed off into deep water under her own power and the veteran whom the Japanese could not sink ended a lifetime of service to the Navy when she was laid to rest by her own men.
221 of her crewmen 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.
212 were killed/missing in Action.
 
   
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