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S2 William John Chalmers
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Birth: unknown
Delaware, USA
Death: Feb. 1, 1943, At Sea

Having actually gone "Missing" on the above date, he was not officially declared by the military as being dead until February 2, 1944, 1 year and 1 day after he went missing as was the custom.

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Son of John and Ruby Houck Chalmers who resided in Greenwood, Delaware during the war.

William served as a Seaman 2nd Class on the U.S.S. De Haven (DD-469) in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

He resided in Bridgeville, Delaware prior to the war.

The U.S.S. De Haven was screening six LCTs and a seaplane tender while they were establishing a beachhead at Marovo on Guadalcanal. While escorting two of the landing craft back to their base in the afternoon, the De Haven was hit by three bombs dropped by Japanese aircraft. One bomb hit the superstructure squarely, killing the commanding officer instantly. All way was lost after the first hit and the ship began to settle rapidly, sinking about 2 miles east of Savo Island. The De Haven lost 167 killed and 38 wounded.

William was declared "Missing In Action" during this attack.

He was awarded a Purple Heart.

Service # 2442053

Bio by:
Russell S. "Russ" Pickett

Family links: 
  John Chalmers (1898 - 1945)
  Ruby Chalmers (1893 - 1953)
Manila American Cemetery and Memorial
Metro Manila
National Capital Region, Philippines
Plot: Tablets of the Missing
Created by: CWGC/ABMC
Record added: Aug 08, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 56775069
S2 William John Chalmers
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