Elsesser, Robert Augustus, S1c

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Last Rank
Seaman First 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
1941 - 1942
Seaman First Class

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Home State
Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania
Year of Birth
1923
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
East Berlin, PA
Last Address
373 E King St
York, PA

Casualty Date
Nov 13, 1942
 
Cause
Hostile-Body Not Recovered
Reason
Torpedoed
Location
Pacific Ocean
Conflict
World War II
Location of Interment
Mount Rose Cemetery - York, Pennsylvania
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Section A (memorial marker)

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
USS Tuscaloosa (CA-37)US Navy
  1941-1942, 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
 
  May 07, 1941, Promoted to S2c
  Jan 01, 1942, Promoted to S1c
  Jan 16, 1943, Report York Seaman as Missing in Action3
  Jan 23, 1943, Ex-County Couple's Son is Missing1
  Apr 29, 1950, Application for WWII Compensation1
  Feb 24, 2020, 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 Elsesser was listed as missing in action and later declared dead.
   
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Service number: 2438387

Name note: Robert's middle name is Augustus although all military records have it as August.

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WWII Memorial National RegistryUnited States Navy Memorial The National Gold Star Family RegistryWorld War II Fallen
  2020, WWII Memorial National Registry
  2020, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
  2020, The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2020, World War II Fallen
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