Adams, Gerald Joseph, BM2c

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Last Rank
Boatswain's Mate 2nd Class
Last Primary NEC
BM-0000-Boatswain's Mate
Last Rating/NEC Group
Boatswain's Mate
Primary Unit
1940-1943, BM-0000, USS Chicago (CA-29)
Service Years
1939 - 1943
BM-Boatswain's Mate
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Home State
Year of Birth
Not Specified
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Dysart, PA
Last Address
Dysart, PA

Casualty Date
Jan 30, 1943
Hostile-Body Not Recovered
Pacific Ocean
World War II
Location of Interment
Manila American Cemetery and Memorial - Manila, Philippines
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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1939, Recruit Training (Newport, RI)
 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
USS Texas (BB-35)US NavyUSS Chicago (CA-29)
  1939-1940, S2c-0000, USS Texas (BB-35)
  1940-1940, S2c-0000, USS San Francisco (CA-38)
  1940-1943, BM-0000, USS Chicago (CA-29)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Battle of the Coral Sea
  1942-1942 Guadalcanal-Tulagi landings/Battle of Savo Island
  1943-1943 Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-42)/Battle of Rennel Island
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Jan 11, 1940, Promoted to S2c
  Aug 01, 1942, Promoted to BM2
  Jun 04, 2018, General Photos
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

On 27 January 1943, the USS Chicago (CA-29) sailed from Noumea to escort a Guadalcanal convoy. On the night of the 29th, as the ships approached that bitterly contested island, Japanese aircraft attacked the force and the Battle of Rennell Island was underway. During the attacks, two burning Japanese planes silhouetted Chicago, providing enough light for further torpedo attacks; two hits caused severe flooding and loss of power. By the time the attack ended, work by the crew had checked Chicago's list. Louisville took the disabled ship in tow, and was relieved by the Navajo the following morning. During the afternoon, the Japanese attacked again. The ship was hit by four torpedoes, one forward of the bridge and three others in her engineering spaces. Captain Ralph O. Davis gave the order to abandon ship shortly before Chicago sank stern first, 20 minutes later. Navajo and the escorting destroyers rescued 1,049 survivors from Chicago, but 62 of her crew died. A final attack force of Japanese torpedo bombers failed to find the remaining U.S. ships.
BM2 Adams was listed as missing in action and later declared dead.

Service number: 2505117

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