Gibbons, John Joseph, LTJG

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Last Rank
Lieutenant Junior Grade
Last Service Branch
Medical Corps
Last Primary NEC
210X-Medical Corp Officer
Last Rating/NEC Group
Staff Corps Officer
Primary Unit
1942-1942, 210X, USS Barton (DD-599)
Service Years
1942 - 1942
Medical Corps
Lieutenant Junior Grade

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Home State
Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania
Year of Birth
1912
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Avoca, PA
Last Address
1009 Cherry St
Avoca, PA

Casualty Date
Nov 13, 1942
 
Cause
Hostile-Body Not Recovered
Reason
Torpedoed
Location
Pacific Ocean
Conflict
World War II
Location of Interment
Manila American Cemetery and Memorial - Manila, Philippines
Wall/Plot Coordinates
(cenotaph)

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
US Navy
  1942-1942, 210X, USS Barton (DD-599)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Buin-Faisi-Tonolai Raid
  1942-1942 Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-42)/Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands
 Colleges Attended 
Georgetown University
  1930-1932, Saint Mary's College of Maryland
  1932-1936, Georgetown University
 Other News, Events and Photographs
 
  Sep 09, 1937, Passes Medical Exams1
  Oct 16, 1940, WWII draft card1
  Apr 28, 1942, Commissioned as Lieutenant Junior Grade
  Dec 03, 1942, Physician is War Casualty1
  Dec 08, 1942, Lieu. J. Gibbons Listed As Dead By Navy Department1
  Jun 12, 1950, Application for WWII Compensation1
  Sep 18, 2020, General Photos
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

At 01:48hrs (1:48am) on November 13, 1942, the order to open fire was precluded when Akatsuki lit its searchlights onto the cruiser Atlanta causing both sides to immediately open fire on each other and starting the First Naval Battle of Guadalcanal. Now fully enveloped by Japanese battle lines, USS Barton (DD-599) and Monssen steaming astern, broke to the Northwest into the main group of Japanese ships while firing at point blank range on nearby Japanese destroyers and making violent maneuvers to avoid collisions with both friendly and enemy ships in the melee. Barton had just fired a full spread of torpedoes at the battleship Hiei when the light cruiser USS Helena appeared suddenly out of the darkness and cut directly across the bow of Barton. Making an emergency stop to avoid colliding with Helena, Barton found herself at a dead stop as her engineering crew tried to get her engines back into gear to get her moving again. However, before she could get underway two 'Long Lance' torpedoes fired by the Amatsukaze slammed into the midsection of Barton; one in her boiler room and one in her engine room. The massive explosions broke the Barton in two and both sections sank only minutes after the first torpedo struck, carrying with her 164 men: 13 officers and 151 of her crew.

LTJG Gibbons was among the men listed as missing in action and later declared dead.
   
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Service number: 147779

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