Toth, John James, Jr., MM2c

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Last Rank
Petty Officer Second Class
Last Primary NEC
MM-0000-Machinist's Mate
Last Rating/NEC Group
Machinists Mate
Primary Unit
1943-1943, MM-0000, USS Brownson (DD-518)
Service Years
1943 - 1943
MM-Machinists Mate

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Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Marion, Ohio
Last Address
USS Brownson (DD-518), Cape Gloucester, New Britain

Casualty Date
Dec 26, 1943
Hostile-Body Not Recovered
Lost At Sea-Unrecovered
Papua New Guinea
World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Bismarck Archipelago Operation
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Body lost at sea/not recovered

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 Duty Stations/ Advancement Schools
  1943-1943, MM-0000, USS Brownson (DD-518)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1943 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Bismarck Archipelago Operation
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Last Known Activity
He was at first reported missing and one year later was reported dead by the Navy Dept. in a letter to his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Toth of 622 Eagle St., Fairport Harbor, OH. Machinist's Mate Second Class John Toth was officially pronounced dead by James Forrestel, Secretary of the Navy. The letter stated "In view of the length of time that has elapsed, the ample rescue facilities available, favorable weather conditions and because of the strong presumption that your son lost his life at the time of the attack or shortly thereafter, I am reluctantly forced to the conclusion that he is deceased."

He enlisted in the Navy Aug. 13, 1943. He was a graduate of Harding High School, where he was very popular. He is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Toth; a sister, Helen, of California; a brother, Francis, at home; and by his grandmother, Mrs. Steve Toth, Sr. He was a member of St. Anthony's Church where memorial services will be held. He was reported missing in action since December 26, 1943, since the destroyer "USS Brownson" was bombed and sunk by enemy planes while patrolling in the area north of Cape Gloucester, new Britain. "Honest John" was his nickname at Harding High School because he found a purse with a large amount of currency in it and tracked down the owner so he could return the purse. He was one of the hardest workers on unearthing of the Indian village on East St. (Fairport Harbor, OH) under the supervision of Dr. Morgan of Ohio State University.
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