Blattenberger, Cletus Clair, F3c

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Last Rank
Fireman 3rd Class
Last Primary NEC
F3c-0000-Fireman 3rd Class
Last Rating/NEC Group
Fireman Third Class
Primary Unit
1942-1942, F3c-0000, USS Juneau (CL-52)
Service Years
1942 - 1942
Fireman 3rd Class

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Martinsburg, PA
Last Address
Martinsburg, PA

Casualty Date
Nov 13, 1942
Hostile-Body Not Recovered
Pacific Ocean
World War II
Location of Interment
Fairview Cemetery - Martinsburg, Pennsylvania
Wall/Plot Coordinates
(memorial marker)

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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1942, Recruit Training (Newport, RI)
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US Navy
  1942-1942, F3c-0000, USS Juneau (CL-52)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-42)/Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands
  1942-1942 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Buin-Faisi-Tonolai Raid
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  WWII draft card
  May 09, 1942, Promoted to S2c
  Aug 01, 1942, Promoted to F3c
  Feb 01, 1943, 24 Pennsylvania Sailors are Reported Missing1
  May 11, 1950, Application for WWII Compensation1
  Nov 02, 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.

F3c Blattenberger was listed as missing in action and later declared dead.

Service number: 6521038

Note about rank: Most sources have Cletus Blattenberger's rank listed as Seaman 2nd Class; however, the muster rolls for the USS Juneau (CL-52) show that he was promoted to Fireman 3rd Class prior to his death.

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