Joplin, Ottice Canon, FN

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Last Rank
Last Primary NEC
WT-0000-Water Tender
Last Rating/NEC Group
Water Tender
Primary Unit
1944-1944, WT-0000, USS Perry (DD-340)
Service Years
1943 - 1944
WT-Water Tender

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Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Cleburne, TX
Last Address
210 William St
Cleburne, TX
(Wife~Ruby Lucille Joplin)

Casualty Date
Sep 13, 1944
Hostile, Died
Other Explosive Device
Pacific Ocean
World War II
Location of Interment
Manila American Cemetery - Taguig City, Philippines
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Tablets of the Missing (Cenotaph)

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 Military Association Memberships
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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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
US Navy
  1944-1944, WT-0000, USS Perry (DD-340)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  1943-1944 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/New Guinea Campaign (1943-44)
  1943-1944 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Northern Solomon Islands Campaign (1943-44)
  1944-1944 Marshall Islands Operation (1944)/Battle of Kwajalein Atoll (Operation Flintlock)
  1944-1944 Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)/Battle of Philippine Sea
  1944-1944 Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)/Battle of Saipan
  1944-1944 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Sep 25, 1943, Service Entry Date & Serial Number
  Jan 11, 1944, Received on the USS Perry
  Jan 13, 1944, Promoted to Fireman 1st Class (F1c) (e-3)
  Sep 18, 2016, General Photos1
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Fireman 1st Class Joplin 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.
Wreck of USS PERRY found off Angaur, Palau on 1 May 2000: See

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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