Britton, Howard Joshia, S1c

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Last Rank
Seaman 1st Class
Last Primary NEC
S1c-0000-Seaman 1st Class
Last Rating/NEC Group
Seaman First Class
Primary Unit
1942-1943, S1c-0000, USS American Legion (AP-35/APA-17)
Service Years
1942 - 1943
Seaman 1st Class

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Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Fayetteville, TN
Last Address
Fayetteville, TN
(Mother~Annie Britton)

Casualty Date
Jun 20, 1943
Non Hostile- Died while Missing
Drowned, Suffocated
Pacific Ocean
World War II
Location of Interment
State Line Cemetery - Hazel Green, Alabama
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Section B

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 Military Association Memberships
World War II FallenUnited States Navy Memorial The National Gold Star Family RegistryWW II Memorial National Registry
  2017, World War II Fallen
  2017, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
  2017, The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2017, WW II Memorial National Registry

 Tributes from Members  
Frank Zalot - a survivor's tale posted by Burgdorf, Tommy (Birddog, TWS Memorial "A" Team), FC2 432
New Zealand Remembers the 10 Americans posted by Burgdorf, Tommy (Birddog, TWS Memorial "A" Team), FC2 432

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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1942, Recruit Training (San Diego, CA)
 Duty Stations
US Navy
  1942-1942, S2c-0000, USS Northampton (CA-26)
  1942-1943, S1c-0000, USS American Legion (AP-35/APA-17)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-42)/Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands
  1942-1942 Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-42)/Tassafaronga (Fourth Savo)
  1942-1942 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-42)
  1942-1943 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  May 22, 1942, Service Entry Date & Serial Number 272-87-93 Rank of AS
  Jul 06, 1942, Transferred to Receiving Station Pearl Harbor via USS Zeilin
  Jul 17, 1942, Received on USS Northampton from Receiving Ship Pearl Harbor HI ~ Rank AS
  Aug 18, 1942, Promoted to Seaman 2nd Class (E-2) on USS Northampton
  Nov 30, 1942, Survived the Sinking of USS Northampton
  Dec 03, 1942, Picket up and transported after sinking via USS President Hayes.
  Dec 06, 1942, Transferred to Commander South Pacific for Duty
  Dec 27, 1942, Received on USS American Legion from US Naval Operating Base White Poppy
  Mar 31, 1943, Promoted to Seaman 1st Class (E-3) on USS American Legion
  Jun 20, 1943, Missing from Capsized Boat in Heavy Surf
  Oct 11, 1947, Body return to Tennessee with 34 other Tennesseans from the Pacific.
  Jun 30, 2017, General Photos2
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

S1c Britton served on the USS Northampton CA-26 which was in many battles in the few months that he was on the vessel until it sinking, which he survived on Nov 30, 1942. 

He was transferred to the USS American Legion Dec 28, 1942. Reclassified as an Attack Transport and given the new hull number APA-17 in February 1943. He was one of ten men killed during landing exercises being held on June 20, 1943. During the exercise the boat that he was in, capsized in heavy surf. 

As wartime censorship prevented newspapers from publicising the American presence in New Zealand, the incident was shrouded in mystery for decades. Nine of the ten were initially buried at the Mackay Family Cemetery in New Zealand. 

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