Bickert, Elwood Oscar, S2c

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Last Rank
Seaman Second Class
Last Primary NEC
S2c-0000-Seaman 2nd Class
Last Rating/NEC Group
Seaman Second Class
Primary Unit
1942-1942, S2c-0000, USS Juneau (CL-52)
Service Years
1942 - 1942
Seaman Second Class

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Home State
Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania
Year of Birth
1917
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Downingtown, PA
Last Address
222 Brandywine Ave
Downington, PA

Casualty Date
Nov 13, 1942
 
Cause
Hostile-Body Not Recovered
Reason
Torpedoed
Location
Pacific Ocean
Conflict
World War II
Location of Interment
Manila American Cemetery and Memorial - Manila, Philippines
Wall/Plot Coordinates
(cenotaph)

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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1942, Recruit Training (Newport, RI)
 Duty Stations
US Navy
  1942-1942, S2c-0000, USS Juneau (CL-52)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Buin-Faisi-Tonolai Raid
  1942-1942 Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-42)/Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands
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  May 13, 1942, Promoted to S2c
  Sep 14, 2019, General Photos
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

On November 12, 1942, USS Juneau (CL-52) was struck on the port side by a torpedo launched by Japanese destroyer Amatsukaze, 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 off the starboard quarter of the likewise severely damaged San Francisco. She was down 12 feet by the bow, but able to maintain 13 kn. A few minutes after 1100, two torpedoes were launched from Japanese submarine 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.

S2c Bickert was listed as missing in action and later declared dead.
   
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Service number: 2440446
   
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World War II FallenWW II Memorial National RegistryUnited States Navy Memorial The National Gold Star Family Registry
  1942, World War II Fallen [Verified]
  2019, WW II Memorial National Registry
  2019, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
  2019, The National Gold Star Family Registry
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