Beedon, John Wixson, LT

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Last Rank
Last Primary NEC
144X-Engineering Duty Officer - Ship Engineering Specialist
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1941-1943, USS Kanawha (AO-1)
Service Years
1941 - 1943

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Home State
New York
New York
Year of Birth
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Home Town
Albion, NY
Last Address
25 4th Ave
Nyack, NY
(Wife~Jean Quackenbush Beedon)

Casualty Date
Apr 08, 1943
Hostile-Body Not Recovered
Other Explosive Device
Pacific Ocean
World War II
Location of Interment
Manila American Cemetery - Taguig City, Philippines
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Tablets of the Missing (cenotaph)

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US Navy
  1941-1943, USS Kanawha (AO-1)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Battle of the Coral Sea
  1942-1945 World War II
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  Apr 08, 1943, Service Number
  Apr 08, 2016, General Photos3
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Last Known Activity
LT John W. Beedon was the Engineering Officer on board the USS Kanawha (AO-1).

On 7 April a group of Japanese Vals slipped through fighter defenses and zeroed in on Kanawha as she awaited an escort in Tulagi harbor. At 1502, shortly after clearing the harbor, the slow and vulnerable oiler came under bomb attack. The first five planes hit an oil tank under the bridge, causing fires to spread rapidly along the deck. Lt. Comdr. Bock ordered the ship abandoned to minimize danger to his crew from burning oil on the surface. After rescue operations were underway, volunteers returned on board and extinguished fires amidst exploding ammunition. The tug Rail towed Kanawha to the west side of Tulagi where she was beached shortly before midnight. Lt Beedon was one of 19 shipmates lost when their ship was attacked by Japanese Aichi D3A ("Vals"), carrier launched dive bombers, in Tulagi Harbour, the British Solomons on 7 April 1943. The ship eventually sank into 200 feet of water of the harbor in the wee hours of 8 April 1943.
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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]
  2016, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
  2016, The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2016, WW II Memorial National Registry
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