Sullivan, Leon Joseph, CGM

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Last Rank
Chief Gunner's Mate
Last Primary NEC
GM-0000-Gunner's Mate
Last Rating/NEC Group
Gunner's Mate
Primary Unit
1942-1944, GM-0000, Japan, Prisoner of War
Service Years
1929 - 1944
GM-Gunner's Mate
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Boston, MA
Last Address
Glendale, CA

Casualty Date
Dec 15, 1944
Hostile, Died while Captured
Unknown, Not Reported
Pacific Ocean
World War II
Location of Interment
Manila American Cemetery and Memorial - Manila, Philippines
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CGM Sullivan's assignments and war service in the Philippines after September 30, 1941 is mostly unknown. The date was the last available from the muster rolls of USS S-40 (SS-145). It is unknown where he was next stationed, but it is known from the records of WWII POWs that he was present at the fall of Corregidor, Philippines and was captrued by the Japanese. Other official sources state he was one of the 1619 Prisoners of War transferred on December 13, 1944 from Bilibid Prison near Manila to the Japanese passenger ship Oryoku Maru. He death date is listed as December 15, 1944 when the Oryoku Maru was damaged and sunk by U.S. Navy carrier aircraft while it was anchored off the Olongapo Naval Reservation, a U.S. Navy base captured by the Japanese in 1942. His remains were not recovered and he was later declared dead.

Service number: 2014232

Prisoner of War Medal
Awarded for actions during World War II
Service: Navy
Rank: Chief Gunner's Mate
Division: Prisoner of War (Philippine Islands)
General Orders: NARA Database: Records of World War II Prisoners of War, created, 1942 - 1947
Citation: Chief Gunner's Mate Leon Joseph Sullivan (NSN: 2014232), 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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 Duty Stations/ Advancement Schools
US NavyUSS Maryland (BB-46)NAVSTA Bremerton, WAUSS Canopus (AS-9)
USS S-41 (SS-146)Prisoner of War
  1936-1939, GM-0000, USS Louisville (CA-28)
  1939-1939, GM-0000, USS Maryland (BB-46)
  1939-1939, GM-0000, USS Chaumont (AP-5)
  1939-1939, GM-0000, NAVSTA Bremerton, WA
  1939-1939, GM-0000, USS Canopus (AS-9)
  1939-1940, GM-0000, USS S-41 (SS-146)
  1940-1941, GM-0000, USS S-40 (SS-145)
  1942-1944, GM-0000, Japan, Prisoner of War
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 Philippine Islands Campaign (1941-42)/Battle of Corrigedor
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Sep 16, 1936, Married Geneva Gina Shelton
  Jun 01, 1940, Promoted to CGM
  Jan 10, 1945, WWII POW report
  Sep 25, 2018, General Photos1
 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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