Douglas, General Preston, 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
1942-1943, USS Helena (CL-50)
Service Years
1941 - 1943
Seaman First Class

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
Not Specified

Casualty Date
Jul 06, 1943
Hostile, Died while Missing
Other Explosive Device
Solomon Islands
World War II
Location of Interment
Gollihon Cemetery - Sneedville, Tennessee
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
WWII Memorial National RegistryWorld War II FallenThe National Gold Star Family RegistryUnited States Navy Memorial
  2014, WWII Memorial National Registry
  2014, World War II Fallen [Verified]
  2014, The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2014, United States Navy Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
USS Helena (CL-50)
  1942-1943, USS Helena (CL-50)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 World War II
  1942-1942 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-42)
  1942-1942 Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-42)/Cape Esperance (Second Savo)
  1943-1943 World War II
  1943-1943 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/New Georgia Campaign (1943)
  1943-1943 Northern Solomon Islands Campaign (1943-44)/Battle of Kula Gulf
  1943-1943 New Georgia Campaign (1943)/Battle of Kolombangara
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Seaman 1st Class General Preston Douglas - Missing in Action  JUL 1943 - JUN 2006
Dog tag and remains located in 2006
Born on July 26, 1922 in Newcomb in Campbell County, Tennessee. His parents were Walter and Bertha Douglas; his brothers were Walter Garfield Douglas; and his sister was Regina Douglas Collins. He enlisted in Navy on December 17, 1941.
Douglas was a member of the crew of USS Helena (CL-50). Sunk during the Battle of Kula Gulf on July 6, 1943 by torpedoes. Although 700 were rescued, 150 went missing, including Douglas, who died two weeks before his 21st birthday.
A dog tag for "Seaman 1st Class, General Preston Douglas" and remains were discovered at Ranonga Island eroding out of the ground near a trail by this village. It is a mystery as to how he got there, died and who buried him.
In June 2006, a resident of Ranonga Island notified the US Consulate, who notified John Innes who researched the name and contacted JPAC. In mid-September 2006, a team from JPAC traveled to the island and visited the burial site. His remains were positively identified by the lab. He was laid to rest at Gollihon Cemetery next to his sister on January 26, 2008.
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