Babylon, Elmer Leroy, Bosn.

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Last Rank
Boatswain (WO)
Last Primary NEC
CWO-Chief Warrant Officer - Boatswain
Last Rating/NEC Group
Chief Warrant Officer
Primary Unit
1937-1942, CWO, USS Vincennes (CA-44)
Service Years
1933 - 1942
Boatswain (WO)
Boatswain (WO)

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Home Town
Carroll County, MD
Last Address
New Windsor, MD

Casualty Date
Aug 09, 1942
Hostile-Body Not Recovered
Other Explosive Device
Pacific Ocean
World War II
Location of Interment
Pipe Creek Church of the Brethren Cemetery - Union Bridge, Maryland
Wall/Plot Coordinates
(memorial marker)

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The first Japanese cruiser searchlight beams illuminated USS Vincennes (CA-44) shortly after 0155 on August 9, 1942, and the American cruiser opened fire with her main battery at the troublesome lights. Within a minute, however, Japanese shells bracketed the ship and Vincennes shuddered under the impact of Japanese eight-inch armor-piercing shells. The bridge, carpenter shop, "battle II," and radio antenna trunks all were hit by the first salvo.

Altering course to port, Riefkohl, who had come to the bridge at the alarm, rang down for increased speed. With the ship and internal communications disrupted, it is doubtful that the order was received. Still moving at 19.5 kn, the heavy cruiser reeled under the impact of another group of direct hits.

Some of the shells in this group set fire to the volatile aircraft in Vincennes' hangar space, and the resultant flames became uncontrollable. A direct hit knocked the aft antiaircraft director overboard. At 0200, Vincennes heeled to starboard in an attempt to evade enemy gunfire, only to be hit by Japanese torpedoes. One or two "Long Lance" torpedoes ripped into the ship's number 4 fireroom and put it out of action. In moments the report came "Both engine rooms are black and dead."

Having lost power and all steering control five minutes later, Vincennes was dead in the water within minutes. The glare of burning fires attracted additional incoming shells which quickly put the ship's own guns out of action. Vincennes shuddered to a halt. Hit at least 85 times by 8 in and 5 in shells, the ship gradually began to list.

At 0210, the Japanese retired, leaving Savo Island and the burning hulks of three American cruisers in their wakes. As Vincennes' list increased to port, Riefkohl issued the order to abandon ship at 0230. Serviceable life jackets and rafts were broken out, and the crew began abandoning ship. At 0240, the captain went down to the main deck and jumped into the waters of what would come to be known as Ironbottom Sound. 332 crewmen did not survive and are officially recorded as killed in action in the loss of Vincennes.

CWO Babylon was among the men listed as missing and later declared dead.

Service number:  Enlisted - 2580139    CWO - 199284

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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1933, Recruit Training (Norfolk, VA)
 Duty Stations/ Advancement Schools
US Navy
  1933-1937, COX-0000, USS New Mexico (BB-40)
  1937-1942, CWO, USS Vincennes (CA-44)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1939-1941 Neutrality Operations in the North Atlantic
  1942-1942 Pacific Air Offensive (1942-45)/Doolittle B-25 Attack on Tokyo
  1942-1942 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Battle of Midway
  1942-1942 Guadalcanal-Tulagi landings/Battle of Savo Island
 Colleges Attended 
Western Maryland College
  1932-1933, Western Maryland College
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Sep 02, 1934, Married Katherine Olympia Mastros
  Aug 16, 1940, Promoted to BM2
  May 01, 1941, Promoted to BM1
  Oct 31, 1941, Married Catherine Frances Gallagher
  Jun 25, 1942, Promoted to CWO-Boatswain
  Jan 27, 2019, General Photos2
 Military Association Memberships
WW II Memorial National RegistryUnited States Navy Memorial World War II FallenThe National Gold Star Family Registry
  2019, WW II Memorial National Registry
  2019, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
  2019, World War II Fallen
  2019, The National Gold Star Family Registry
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