Aguon, Gregorio SanNicholas, S1c

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Last Rank
Seaman First Class
Last Primary NEC
MATT-0000-Mess Attendant
Last Rating/NEC Group
Mess Attendant
Primary Unit
1941-1941, MATT-0000, USS Arizona (BB-39)
Service Years
1938 - 1941
MATT- Mess Attendant
Seaman First Class

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Home State
Guam
Guam
Year of Birth
Not Specified
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Agana, GU
Last Address
Lot 1158 San Nicolas St
Agana, GU
(Father~Juan Torres Aguon)

Casualty Date
Dec 07, 1941
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Other Explosive Device
Location
Hawaii
Conflict
World War II
Location of Interment
USS ARIZONA (BB-39) - Pearl Harbor, Hawaii
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Entombed in the Hull of the Arizona

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USS Arizona MemorialUnited States Navy Memorial World War II FallenThe National Gold Star Family Registry
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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
USS Arizona (BB-39)USS West Virginia (BB-48)
  1939-1940, MATT-0000, USS Arizona (BB-39)
  1940-1941, MATT-0000, USS West Virginia (BB-48)
  1941-1941, MATT-0000, USS Arizona (BB-39)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1941 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Attack on Pearl Harbor
 Other News, Events and Photographs
 
  Dec 02, 1938, Service Entry Date and Serial Number
  Jan 30, 1939, Received on USS Barnes form Guam for further transfer to USS Henderson
  Jan 30, 1939, Received from USS Henderson for further transfer t US
  Feb 20, 1939, Transferred to Receiving Ship San Francisco for General Detail
  Apr 03, 1939, Transferred to USS Arizona
  Feb 03, 1940, Received on the USS West Virginia
  Jan 22, 1941, Transferred to USS Arizona
  Nov 18, 1941, Received on the USS Arizona
  Aug 18, 2016, General Photos1
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
It appears that he was Mess Attendant for Commander Battleships Division 1 and was transferred as staff for Rear Admiral Isaac C. Kidd, rasied his command flag and was  Killed in Action on December 7, 1941, during the attack on Pearl Harbor.  He was stationed aboard the USS Arizona BB39.
   
Comments/Citation

Gregorio San Nicholas Aguon was born in 1921 in Agana, Guam. He was the son of Juan Torres Aguon and Joaquina San Nicholas, both natives of Guam. Juan and Joaquina lived in Agana, Guam, where Juan worked as a gardener. The couple raised two daughters and four sons. Gregorio Aguon was the couple’s oldest child.


Gregorio San Nicholas Aguon enlisted in the Navy on 2 December 1938 at Guam. His service number was 4210348. Gregorio served as a Mess Attendant Third Class on the USS Henderson. He served as a Mess Attendant Second Class on the USS West Virginia. On 18 November 1941 Gregorio Aguon was transferred to the USS Arizona as a Mess Attendant First Class.  

Gregorio Aguon spent the evening of 6 December 1941 ashore with an old friend, Henry Cruz. The two men got tattoos.

On the morning of 7 December 1941, a fleet of Japanese carriers launched an air strike against the U.S. Pacific Fleet at anchor in Pearl Harbor, on the island of Oahu, Hawaii. The attack decimated the ships and personnel of the fleet and thrust the United States into World War II. At the onset of the 7 December 1941 attack, the battleship USS Arizona (BB-39) was moored at berth Fox 7 on “Battleship Row.” The repair ship Vestal (AR-4) was on the port side; and the starboard side faced the northeastern shore of Ford Island. Just before 8 am, the ship’s air raid alarm was sounded and the crew was ordered to general quarters. During the attack the battleship was struck by as many as eight aerial bombs, including one 1,700-lb armor-piercing shell which penetrated the deck near the Number 2 Turret and detonated in the smokeless powder magazine, causing a “cataclysmic” explosion “which destroyed the ship forward” and ignited a fire which burned for two days. Most of the Arizona crewmen who perished in the attack died instantly during the explosion. The ship quickly sank to the bottom of the harbor along with 1,177 of the 1,512 personnel on board, representing about half the total number of Americans killed that day.

Mess Attendant First Class Gregorio San Nicholas Aguan was listed as missing in action following the attack on Pearl Harbor.  The remains of Mess Attendant First Class Gregorio San Nicholas Aguan were not recovered. Today, Mess Attendant First Class Gregorio San Nicholas Aguan is memorialized on the Courts of the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.

Sources:
  1. 1930 United States Federal Census. Agana, Agana, Guam; Page: 12A; ED: 0001
  2. U.S., World War II Navy Muster Rolls, 1938-1949. Ancestry.com
  3. Miami Herald. 7 December 1976. Page 20
  4. https://pearlharbor.org/facts-uss-arizona-bb-39/
  5. http://www.ibiblio.org/phha/arizona/history.html#pearlharbor
  6. Find a Grave. Memorial  7884303
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