Atherton, John McDougal, LTJG

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Last Rank
Lieutenant Junior Grade
Last Primary NEC
00X-Unknown NOC/Designator
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1941-1942, USS Meredith (DD-434)
Service Years
1940 - 1942
Lieutenant Junior Grade
Lieutenant Junior Grade

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Home State
Kentucky
Kentucky
Year of Birth
1918
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Harrods Creek, KY
Last Address
Glenview, KY

Casualty Date
Oct 15, 1942
 
Cause
Hostile-Body Not Recovered
Reason
Other Explosive Device
Location
Pacific Ocean
Conflict
World War II
Location of Interment
Cave Hill Cemetery - Louisville, Kentucky
Wall/Plot Coordinates
13 110 6

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Last Known Activity

USS Meredith (DD-434) was sighted by a Japanese patrol plane on the morning of 15 October 1942, and shortly after midday took aboard the 68-man crew of Vireo to depart the area at high speed. However, while preparing to torpedo Vireo to keep her out of Japanese hands, Meredith was attacked by a force of 38 bombers, torpedo planes, and escort fighters from Zuikaku. In the first three minutes of the attack, Meredith was struck by a bomb that exploded beneath her bridge, destroying all communications, steering control, and gun direction. A second bomb struck the forward port side, and a torpedo exploded below the ready ammunition locker, igniting the ship's pyrotechnics and setting fire to fuel oil leaking from her bunkers.  Meredith fought fiercely, and brought down three of her attackers, but she was struck by an estimated 14 bombs and seven torpedoes. Meredith rolled over and sank in 10 minutes. Of the crew of 273 on board that day, only eight officers and 73 enlisted men survived the attack.

LTJG Atherton was among the men listed as missing in action and later declared dead.
   
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Service number: Enlisted - 4007356   Officer - 095601
   
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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
US Navy
  1940-1940, AS-0000, 1st Naval District
  1940-1940, AS-0000, USS Wyoming (AG-17)
  1941-1941, Boston Navy Yard
  1941-1942, USS Meredith (DD-434)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 Pacific Air Offensive (1942-45)/Doolittle B-25 Attack on Tokyo
  1942-1942 Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-42)/Battle of the Eastern Solomons
 Colleges Attended 
Harvard UniversityNorthwestern University
  1936-1940, Harvard University
  1940-1940, Northwestern University
 Other News, Events and Photographs
 
  Dec 12, 1940, Commissioned as Ensign
  Jun 15, 1942, Promoted to Lieutenant Junior Grade
  Aug 28, 1943, USS Atherton (DD-169) commissioned
  Oct 20, 2020, General Photos1
 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
World War II FallenUnited States Navy Memorial The National Gold Star Family RegistryWWII Memorial National Registry
The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor
  1942, World War II Fallen
  1942, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
  1942, The National Gold Star Family Registry
  1942, WWII Memorial National Registry
  2020, The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor
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