Jordan, Stewart Bishop, S1c

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Last Rank
Seaman 1st Class
Last Primary NEC
S1c-0000-Seaman 1st Class
Last Rating/NEC Group
Seaman First Class
Primary Unit
1942-1944, S1c-0000, USS Nelson (DD-623)
Service Years
1941 - 1944
Seaman 1st Class

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Coeburn, VA
Last Address
2243 Alice Ave
Detroit, MI
(Wife~Gloria Shirley Jordan)

Casualty Date
Jun 12, 1944
Hostile, Died
Lost At Sea-Unrecovered
World War II
Location of Interment
American Cemetery - Normandy, France
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 Military Association Memberships
World War II FallenAmerican Battle Monuments CommissionWW II Memorial National RegistryThe National Gold Star Family Registry
United States Navy Memorial
  1944, World War II Fallen
  2019, American Battle Monuments Commission
  2019, WW II Memorial National Registry
  2019, The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2019, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page

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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1941, Recruit Training (San Diego, CA)
 Duty Stations
US Navy
  1941-1942, S2c-0000, USS Tucker (DD-374)
  1942-1944, S1c-0000, USS Nelson (DD-623)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  1943-1943 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Sicily Campaign (1943)
  1944-1944 Normandy Campaign (1944)/Operation Overlord
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  Middle Name not on Military Records but is on Birth Certificate
  Nov 25, 1941, Service Entry Date and Number 296 06 04
  Dec 31, 1941, Received on USS Tucker (DD-374) as rank of A.S. (E-1) From USNTS San Diego
  Mar 24, 1942, Promoted to Seaman 2nd Class (S2c)
  Aug 04, 1942, Survived Sinking of USS Tucker DD-374 by a mine at the harbor at Espirtu Santo
  Sep 01, 1942, Transferred to Receiving Station San Diego for Assignment via USS Long Beach
  Nov 26, 1942, Received from Receiving Barracks Brooklyn, NY on USS Nelson (DD-623)
  Nov 26, 1942, Commissioning Crew of USS Nelson (DD-623)
  Mar 31, 1943, Straggler Transfer to Receiving Barracks Brooklyn NY Been Straggler sine Mar 23, 1943
  Aug 24, 1943, Received (returned) from Receiving Ship New York on USS Nelson (DD-623)
  Nov 23, 1943, Married Gloria Shirley Koubek in Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA
  Apr 01, 1944, Promoted to Seaman 1st Class (S1c)
  Jun 12, 1944, Missing in Action
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity


S2c was first stationed on the USSTucker. On 4 August, Tucker was leading a cargo ship into the harbor at Espirtu Santo. As the destroyer headed into the western entrance, she struck a mine. The mine exploded, nearly tearing her hull in two at the No. 1 stack, killing all three crew members on watch in the forward fireroom. The rest of the ship's company survived.


S2c was eventually transfered to the USS Nelson in Late 1942.

In 1943 USS Nelson got underway 7 June to take part in the invasion of Sicily. Serving as flagship for Commander Task Force 81 during the Sicily operation, Nelson was assigned duty with the central part of the Western Task Force. This group was to land assault troops on beachheads near Gela, Sicily, to expand the captured area, and to seize the nearby airfield at Ponte Olivo. USS Nelson returned to New York 22 August,1943 

In May of 1944 In May 1944 Nelson steamed to England to stage for the coming Normandy invasion. While moored alongside a tanker at Plymouth, England 24 May, her port screw fouled a mooring buoy, causing extensive damage to the screw and shaft. Nelson was placed in drydock where the screw and shaft, deemed beyond repair, were removed. But the need for fighting ships was so great that Nelson got underway 2 June with only a starboard screw. At Milford Haven she rendezvoused with a convoy, and by 8 June was in the Normandy assault area.

The next day she steamed into position No. 13 on the "Dixie Line" as part of the anti-submarine and E-boat screen around the Omaha beachhead. E-boats were the German version of PT boats-speedy, agile, hard-hitting, and hard to hit. Armed with 40mm. guns and torpedoes, they specialized in night attacks. On the night of 8-9 June several destroyers on the "Dixie Line" had taken under fire and chased several of these E-boats, sinking two.

USS Nelson was anchored in position 13 the night of 12 June. Thus far her only contact with the enemy had been in the form of a glide bomb which had exploded harmlessly off the starboard quarter during her first night in the area. At 0105 on the 13th she made a radar contact, challenged the contact by flashing light, and opened fire. The target slowed, turned away, and split into three distinct blips. The destroyer had loosed ten salvos when a torpedo struck her just aft the No. 4 gun mount blowing off the stern and No. 4 mount. Maloy (DE-791) stood by to transfer personnel, and Nelson was taken in tow. Twenty-four of her crew were killed or missing and 9 wounded. After emergency repairs at Londonderry, Northern Ireland, the destroyer was towed to Boston where she received a new stern. Of the 24 killed or missing S1c Stewart Jordan was among the missing. 

Navy Seaman 1st Class Stewart Jordan, killed during World War II, was accounted for Aug. 27, 2019.

In 1944, Jordan was assigned to the USS Nelson, which was anchored off the coast of Normandy, France. He was killed June 12, 1944, when the ship was hit by enemy fire. Following the war, his remains could not be identified. 

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