LeJeune, Pierre Curtis, Jr., F3c

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Last Rank
Fireman 3rd Class
Last Primary NEC
F3c-0000-Fireman 3rd Class
Last Rating/NEC Group
Fireman Third Class
Primary Unit
1941-1942, F3c-0000, USS Astoria (CA-34)
Service Years
1940 - 1942
Fireman 3rd Class

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Lexington, MO
Last Address
1831 Poplar St
Lexington, MO

Casualty Date
Aug 09, 1942
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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USS Astoria (CA-34)
  1941-1942, F3c-0000, USS Astoria (CA-34)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Battle of the Coral Sea
  1942-1942 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Battle of Midway
  1942-1942 Guadalcanal-Tulagi landings/Battle of Savo Island
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Last Known Activity

On August 8, 1945, the  USS Astoria was part of the force during the Battle of Savo Island. She was struck by many enemy shells, but kept up the fight until the ability to steer the ship occurred at approximately 0225 the next morning. Fires raged throughout the ship and the injured were gathered on deck. Many of them were successfully transferred to the USS Bagley. From that point on, the crew of the Astoria worked to put out the fires and save their ship. At approximately 1130, the order was given to abandon ship. The Astoria sunk at 1216 on August 9, 1942.

There was hope that the USS Astoria could be salvaged.  The order was given to abandon ship except for the firemen who were trying to save it. My uncle was one of those firemen and went down with the ship.

Service number: 3822640

F3c LeJeune was a S2c as of June 1942. He was promoted to F3c at some time between then and his death. Although some people see what appears to be a lower rank, at the time it was considered a promotion to move from being a seaman to a fireman.
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WW II Memorial National RegistryUnited States Navy Memorial World War II FallenThe National Gold Star Family Registry
  2019, WW II Memorial National Registry
  2019, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
  2019, World War II Fallen
  2019, The National Gold Star Family Registry
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