Beaumont, William Howard, 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
1942-1942, S1c-0000, USS Juneau (CL-52)
Service Years
1939 - 1942
Seaman 1st Class

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Home State
Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania
Year of Birth
1920
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
New Hope, PA
Last Address
59 Clinton St
Lambertsville, NJ

Casualty Date
Nov 13, 1942
 
Cause
Hostile-Body Not Recovered
Reason
Torpedoed
Location
Pacific Ocean
Conflict
World War II
Location of Interment
Thompson Memorial Cemetery - New Hope, Pennsylvania
Wall/Plot Coordinates
(memorial marker)

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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1939, Recruit Training (Newport, RI)
 Duty Stations
USS Tuscaloosa (CA-37)US Navy
  1939-1942, S1c-0000, USS Tuscaloosa (CA-37)
  1942-1942, S1c-0000, USS Juneau (CL-52)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1941 Neutrality Operations in the North Atlantic
  1942-1942 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Buin-Faisi-Tonolai Raid
  1942-1942 Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-42)/Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands
 Other News, Events and Photographs
 
  Feb 18, 1940, Promoted to S2c
  Feb 16, 1941, Promoted to S1c
  Apr 26, 1950, Application for WWII Compensation1
  Oct 19, 2019, General Photos
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

On November 12, 1942, USS Juneau (CL-52) was struck on the port side by a torpedo launched by Japanese destroyer Amatsukaze, causing a severe list, and necessitating withdrawal. Before noon on 13 November, Juneau, along with two other cruisers damaged in the battle - Helena and San Francisco -headed toward Espiritu Santo for repairs. Juneau was steaming on one screw, keeping station 800 yd off the starboard quarter of the likewise severely damaged San Francisco. She was down 12 feet by the bow, but able to maintain 13 kn. A few minutes after 1100, two torpedoes were launched from Japanese submarine I-26. These were intended for San Francisco, but both passed ahead of her. One struck Juneau 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.

S1c Beaumont was listed as missing in action and later declared dead.
   
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Service number: 2235796

The information contained within this profile was compiled from various internet sources.
   
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WW II Memorial National RegistryUnited States Navy Memorial The National Gold Star Family RegistryWorld War II Fallen
  2019, WW II Memorial National Registry
  2019, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
  2019, The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2019, World War II Fallen
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