Acheson, John Matthew, F3c

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Last Rank
Fireman 3rd Class
Last Primary NEC
F3c-0000-Fireman 3rd Class
Last Rating/NEC Group
Fireman Third Class
Primary Unit
1942-1942, F3c-0000, USS Juneau (CL-52)
Service Years
1942 - 1942
Fireman 3rd Class

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Home State
Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania
Year of Birth
1919
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Munhall, PA
Last Address
3810 Grant St
Munhall, 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
(cenotaph)

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Last Known Activity

A few minutes after 1100 on November 13,1942, two torpedoes were launched from Japanese submarine I-26. These were intended for USS San Francisco, but both passed ahead of her. One struck the USS Juneau (CL-52) in the same place that had been hit during the battle. There was a great explosion; Juneau broke in two and disappeared in just 20 seconds.  Fearing more attacks from I-26, and wrongly assuming from the massive explosion that there were no survivors, Helena and San Francisco departed without attempting to rescue any survivors. In fact, more than 100 sailors had survived the sinking of Juneau. They were left to fend for themselves in the open ocean for eight days before rescue aircraft belatedly arrived. While awaiting rescue, all but 10 died from the elements and shark attacks.
 
F3c Acheson was listed as missing in action and later declared dead.
   
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Service number: 6521090

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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1942, Recruit Training (Newport, RI)
 Duty Stations
US Navy
  1942-1942, F3c-0000, USS Juneau (CL-52)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-42)/Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands
  1942-1942 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Buin-Faisi-Tonolai Raid
 Other News, Events and Photographs
 
  WWII draft card
  May 13, 1950, Application for WWII Compensation1
  Jun 03, 2018, General Photos
 Military Association Memberships
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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