Barnes, Joseph James, MM3c

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Last Rank
Petty Officer Third Class
Last Primary NEC
MM-0000-Machinist's Mate
Last Rating/NEC Group
Machinists Mate
Primary Unit
1943-1945, MM-0000, USS Cassin Young (DD-793)
Service Years
1942 - 1945
MM-Machinists Mate

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Philadelphia, PA
Last Address
6652 Yocum St
Philadelphia, PA

Casualty Date
Jul 28, 1945
Hostile-Body Not Recovered
Other Explosive Device
Pacific Ocean
World War II
Location of Interment
Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial - Honolulu, Hawaii
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Court 5 (cenotaph)

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  1943-1943, F2c-0000, USS California (BB-44)

Fireman 2nd Class

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April / 1943

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September / 1943

USS California (BB-44) Unit Page

Fireman 2nd Class

F2c-0000-Fireman 2nd Class

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 USS California (BB-44) Details

USS California (BB-44)
        Hull number BB-44

Launched: Nov. 20, 1919

Photo from 1921.

On Dec 7th she was docked at Pearl Harbor: Battleship Row; forward of the Maryland and Oklahoma

Fate: The California was struck by two torpedoes and one bomb. The first torpedo hit at 8:05 a.m.; the second came moments later. With a gaping hole in the ship, it started capsizing. Despite efforts to bail water from the ship, it sank to the harbor bottom after three days of progressive flooding.

Crew: 2,200

Deceased: 105

The ship was raised via cofferdams, moved to the Pearl Harbor Navy Yard on April, 1942, with repairs to her cage mainmast and all six 14" forward guns were removed to facilitate her refloating.  It took until January, 1944 for the ship's total reconstruction but it was a match for most of the newer US battleships in all but it's main guns (still 14").

An after view of the USS California.

January, 1945, the USS California was hit by a Japanese kamikaze where 44 of her crew died and 155 injured.  Battle repairs were made to keep her battle-worthy and on station.  She stayed on station until the end of the month and returned to Puget Sound for repairs.  She was back on station for the landings at Okinawa and from there until the Japanese surrender in mid-August.

Of historical interest is that after the official end of WWII, the USS California was still on duty and after different assignments in Philippines and other areas in SE Asia, she returned to the US on Dec 7, 1945 - exactly 4 years to the day of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

Decommissioned: Feb. 14, 1947

Sold for scrap in 1959.

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Last Updated: Oct 12, 2019
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USS California (BB-44)
8 Members Also There at Same Time
USS California (BB-44)

Thornton, Geroge, CPO, (1939-1969) YN YN-0000 Chief Petty Officer
Freitas, Manuel, PO1, (1930-1945) ML ML-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Smith, Benjamin James, PO1, (1939-1945) SK SK-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Barnhart, Donald, PO2, (1933-1946) GM GM-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Legler, Henry P, MCPO, (1941-1971) S1c S1c-0000 Seaman 1st Class
Moody, William, S1c, (1942-1945) .T Sp(T) Seaman 1st Class
Freedland, Samuel, S2c, (1943-1945) S2c S2c-0000 Seaman Second Class
Stole, Gerald James, F1c, (1942-1945) F1c Fireman 1st Class

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