Bengel, John William, MM1c

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Last Rank
Petty Officer First Class
Last Primary NEC
MM-0000-Machinist's Mate
Last Rating/NEC Group
Machinists Mate
Primary Unit
1936-1942, MM-0000, USS Astoria (CA-34)
Service Years
1936 - 1942
MM-Machinists Mate
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Erie, PA
Last Address
611 W 26th St
Erie, PA

Casualty Date
Aug 09, 1942
Hostile-Body Not Recovered
Other Explosive Device
Pacific Ocean
World War II
Location of Interment
Manila American Cemetery and Memorial - Manila, Philippines
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USS Astoria (CA-34)
  1936-1942, MM-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
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Sep 03, 1942, Erie Sailor Missing1
  Feb 02, 2018, General Photos
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

On August 8, 1942 during the Battle of Salvo Island, the USS Astoria (CA-34) came under air attacks by the Japanese artillery and gunfire. Suffering from the effects of at least 65 hits, Astoria fought for her life.

Fires raged below decks and increased steadily in intensity, and those topside could hear explosions. Her stern lowered in the dark waters, and her bow was distinctively rising. All attempts to shore the shell holes - by then below the waterline due to the increasing list - proved ineffective, and the list increased still more. With the port waterway awash at noon, Commodore William G. Greenman gave the order to abandon ship.

Astoria turned over on her port beam, rolled slowly, and settled by the stern, disappearing completely by 12:16. Buchanan lowered two motor whaleboats and, although interrupted by a fruitless hunt for a submarine, came back and assisted the men in the water. Alchiba, which arrived on the scene just before Astoria sank, rescued 32 men. Not one man from the salvage crew lost his life. Officially, 219 men were reported missing or killed.

MM1 Bengel was among those who were listed as missing in action and later declared dead.

Service number: 2341298

The information contained in this profile was compiled from various internet sources.
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The National Gold Star Family RegistryWorld War II FallenUnited States Navy Memorial WW II Memorial National Registry
  2018, The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2018, World War II Fallen
  2018, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
  2018, WW II Memorial National Registry
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