Yeargin, Marion Richard, TM2c

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Last Rank
Torpedoman 2nd Class
Last Primary NEC
TM-0000-Torpedoman's Mate
Last Rating/NEC Group
Torpedoman's Mate
Primary Unit
1942-1943, TM-0000, Japan, Prisoner of War
Service Years
1927 - 1943
TM-Torpedoman's Mate
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Home Town
Stillwater, OK
Last Address
Springdale, AR

Casualty Date
Jan 08, 1943
Hostile, Died while Captured
Illness, Disease
World War II
Location of Interment
Fairlawn Cemetery - Stillwater, Oklahoma
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Block 10, Lot 47

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Just before the New Year 1942, the last of the submarines left USS Canopus, but she never quit as she cared for small craft and equipment of the Army and Navy, sent her men into battle in the improvised naval battalion which fought on Bataan, and converted her own launches into miniature gunboats dubbed Mickey Mouse Battleships which attacked the Japanese moving south near the shore. But the overwhelming Japanese strength could not be held off forever, and upon the surrender of Bataan on the night of 8-9 April 1942, Canopus was ordered scuttled in Mariveles Bay, Bataan, to deny her use to the enemy. On 9 April, she was backed off into deep water under her own power and the veteran whom the Japanese could not sink ended a lifetime of service to the Navy when she was laid to rest by her own men.
221 of her crewmen were evacuated to Corregidor on 28 February 1942 and served with the Marines 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Battalions on beach defenses. The final 327 crewmen were also evacuated to Corregidor and served in the 4th Marine Regiment's 4th Battalion Reserves (Provisional) which fought gallantly during the final battle for the island fortress. Nearly all Canopus crewmen were captured at the fall of Corregidor and spent the rest of the war in Japanese POW Camps in the Philippines and the Asian mainland.

According to the records, TM2 Yeargin was captured on May 6,1942 and held in a POW camp - Osaka Main Camp Chikko Osaka 34-135 - where he died on January 8, 1943 of acute pneumonia.

Service number: 3463982

Prisoner of War Medal
Awarded for actions during World War II
Service: Navy
Rank: Torpedoman Second Class
Division: Prisoner of War (Japan)
General Orders: NARA Database: Records of World War II Prisoners of War, created, 1942 - 1947
CITATION: Torpedoman Second Class Marion Richard Yeargin (NSN: 3463982), United States Navy, was captured by the Japanese after the fall of Corregidor, Philippine Islands, on 6 May 1942, and was held as a Prisoner of War until his death while still in captivity.

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
US NavyUSS S-33 (SS-138)USS Tarpon (SS-175)USS Canopus (AS-9)
Prisoner of War
  1937-1939, TM-0000, USS Melville (AD-2)
  1939-1940, TM-0000, USS Craven (DD-382)
  1940-1941, TM-0000, USS S-16 (SS-121)
  1941-1941, TM-0000, USS S-33 (SS-138)
  1941-1941, TM-0000, Naval Mine Depot, Yorktown Va
  1941-1941, TM-0000, USS Tarpon (SS-175)
  1941-1942, TM-0000, USS Canopus (AS-9)
  1942-1943, TM-0000, Japan, Prisoner of War
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 Philippine Islands Campaign (1941-42)/Battle of Bataan
  1942-1942 Philippine Islands Campaign (1941-42)/USS Canopus (AS-9)
  1942-1942 Philippine Islands Campaign (1941-42)/Battle of Corrigedor
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Jan 01, 1943, WWII Prisoners of War
  Nov 02, 1948, Headstone Application for Military Veterans1
  May 13, 2018, General Photos
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The National Gold Star Family RegistryWorld War II FallenUnited States Navy Memorial WWII Memorial National Registry
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