Blessing, William John, CEM

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Last Rank
Chief Petty Officer
Last Primary NEC
EM-0000-Electrician's Mate
Last Rating/NEC Group
Electrician's Mate
Primary Unit
1942-1942, EM-0000, USS Barton (DD-599)
Service Years
1930 - 1942
EM-Electrician's Mate
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Home State
Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania
Year of Birth
1902
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Philadelphia, PA
Last Address
2028 N 3rd St
Philadelphia, PA

Casualty Date
Nov 13, 1942
 
Cause
Hostile-Body Not Recovered
Reason
Torpedoed
Location
Pacific Ocean
Conflict
World War II
Location of Interment
Manila American Cemetery and Memorial - Manila, Philippines
Wall/Plot Coordinates
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 Duty Stations
US Navy
  1942-1942, EM-0000, USS Barton (DD-599)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-42)/Battle of the Eastern Solomons
  1942-1942 Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-42)/Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands
  1942-1942 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Buin-Faisi-Tonolai Raid
  1942-1942 Guadalcanal-Tulagi landings/Battle of Savo Island
 Other News, Events and Photographs
 
  Feb 08, 2018, General Photos
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Last Known Activity

On November 13, 1942 the USS Barton (DD-599) found herself fully enveloped by Japanese battle lines, the Barton and the USS Monssen (DD-436) steaming astern, broke to the Northwest into the main group of Japanese ships while firing at point blank range on nearby Japanese destroyers and making violent maneuvers to avoid collisions with both friendly and enemy ships in the melee. The Barton had just fired a full spread of torpedoes at the battleship Hiei when the light cruiser USS Helena (CL-50) appeared suddenly out of the darkness and cut directly across the bow of the Barton. Making an emergency stop to avoid colliding with the Helena, the Barton found herself at a dead stop as her engineering crew tried to get her engines back into gear to get her moving again. However, before she could get underway two 'Long Lance' torpedoes fired by the Amatsukaze slammed into the midsection of the USS Barton; one in her boiler room and one in her engine room. The massive explosions broke the Barton in two and both sections sank only minutes after the first torpedo struck, carrying with her 164 men: 13 officers and 151 of her crew.
 
Chief Petty Officer Blessing was among the men listed as missing in action and later declared dead.
   
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Service number: 2430220

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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