Brand, Joseph James, WT1c

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Last Rank
Petty Officer First Class
Last Primary Designator/NEC
WT-0000-Water Tender
Last Rating/NEC Group
Water Tender
Primary Unit
1940-1944, WT-0000, USS Perry (DD-340/DMS-17)
Service Years
1939 - 1944
WT-Water Tender

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Home State
New York
New York
Year of Birth
Not Specified
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Otisville, NY
Last Address
Box 77
Otisville, NY

Casualty Date
Sep 13, 1944
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Other Explosive Device
Location
Palau
Conflict
Not Specified
Location of Interment
Manila American Cemetery - Taguig City, Philippines
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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School Assignments - StaffUS Navy
  1940-1940, FA-0000, Receiving Station School for Transient Personnel School
  1940-1944, WT-0000, USS Perry (DD-340/DMS-17)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1941 Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Attack on Pearl Harbor
  1942-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  1943-1944 Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Northern Solomon Islands Campaign (1943-44)
  1943-1944 Asiatic-Pacific Theater/New Guinea Campaign (1943-44)
  1944-1944 Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)/Battle of Saipan
  1944-1944 Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)
  1944-1944 Marshall Islands Operation (1944)/Battle of Kwajalein Atoll (Operation Flintlock)
  1944-1944 Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)/Battle of Philippine Sea
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Last Known Activity
WT1 Brand was at his post in the forward engineering spaces when the ship "brushed" a mine while sweeping the coastal waters of Palau, prior to the Peleliu Campaign. He and 5 others perished in the explosion.Two others died of their wounds shortly after and were buried at sea.

 

   
Comments/Citation
Wreck of USS PERRY found off Angaur, Palau on 1 May 2000: See http://archives.starbulletin.com/2000/05/25/news/story2.html

Possibility of sailors’ remains may put Navy in a quandary

By Susan Kreifels, Star-Bulletin

The discovery of a U.S. warship in Palau that was sunk by a mine during World War II could pose a dilemma for the Navy. The USS Perry lies at 240 feet, making it accessible to scuba divers in a country where the biggest industries are tourism and diving. The remains of six sailors could be entombed in a fireroom. Military officials in Hawaii say the Navy has just been alerted to the May 1 discovery of the Perry and can't comment on any decisions regarding the destroyer minesweeper. Navy policy states that the Navy retains control over all naval vessels and aircraft, even those lost in foreign countries and waters. The Navy also considers sunken ships as fitting burial sites and memorials for lost Americans, said Johnie Webb, deputy commander of the Central Identification Laboratory Hawaii, which recovers and identifies U.S. military remains. The Navy has never recovered remains off sunken ships, Webb said. But some say that should change. According to World War II historians, there is only one other U.S. warship sunk during battle, located off the Indonesian island of Java, that is accessible to scuba divers. Japanese remains are still entombed in a few sunken Japanese warships in Truk Lagoon, and divers enter those wrecks, according to wreck historian Bill Remick, who has researched the Perry. "People have no compunction about diving on these things," Remick said. "It would seem to me to be incumbent upon the Navy to reclaim the remains. That settles the problem." Francis Pogue, 75, of Virginia Beach, Va., was on the Perry when it was hit. Pogue said he believes divers should be allowed on the wreck, but "it should be treated the same as a cemetery, with the same respect. He also believes nothing should be removed unless families request remains or the Perry survivors vote that certain property be recovered. Our experience would be that if remains have not been exposed to tidal activity where they were washed away," Webb said, "they are probably still there." He said that if families requested remains, the decision would be up to the Navy.

The eight who gave their lives Eight men died when a mine sunk the USS Perry in Palau on Sept. 13, 1944. Their names and home states, according to the U.S. Navy, are: Joseph Brand, New York; Paul Burnette, Tennessee; Frank Byrd, Ohio; Henry Edgell, West Virginia; Ottice Joplin, Texas; Arthur Schieber, Minnesota; Donald Schomer, Nebraska; Dan Wersebe, Texas. Burnette and Schomer died on a rescue ship and were buried at sea. The others are believed to have died inside a fireroom. They were not found before the ship sank.
   
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