The Photo Request has been fulfilled.


Joseph Francis Ara

Death 13 Nov 1942
At Sea
Burial Manila, Metro Manila, National Capital Region, Philippines
Plot Tablets of the Missing
Memorial ID 159264756 · View Source
Suggest Edits

Having actually gone "Missing" on the above date, he was not officially declared by the military as being dead until November 14, 1943, 1 year and 1 day after he went missing as was the custom.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Son of Mrs. Frances Ara who resided in New Britain, Connecticut.

Joseph served as a Fireman Second Class, U.S.S. Monssen (DD-436), U.S. Navy during World War II.

He resided in Hartford County, Connecticut prior to the war.

Joseph was declared "Missing In Action" when the Monssen was hit by some 39 shells in the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal and sunk during the war.

He was awarded the Purple Heart.

Service # 6420411

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

In the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal, which was considered a United States strategic victory, the Navy lost 2 light cruisers, 7 destroyers, and 36 aircraft for a total of 1,732 killed in this four day battle.

U.S. Light Cruisers Lost:
U.S.S. Atlanta (CL-51)
U.S.S. Juneau (CL-52)

U.S. Destroyers Lost:
U.S.S. Barton (DD-599)
U.S.S. Benham (DD-397)
U.S.S. Cushing (DD-376)
U.S.S. Laffey (DD-459)
U.S.S. Monssen (DD-436)
U.S.S. Preston (DD-379)
U.S.S. Walke (DD-416)

Japanese losses included:
2 battleships
1 heavy cruiser
3 destroyers
11 transports
64 aircraft

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Bio by:
Russell S. "Russ" Pickett

Special thanks to:
ShaneO for submitting this record for bio updates!





  • Maintained by: ShaneO
  • Originally Created by: Janice Hollandsworth
  • Added: 11 Mar 2016
  • Find A Grave Memorial 159264756
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Joseph Francis Ara (unknown–13 Nov 1942), Find A Grave Memorial no. 159264756, citing Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Manila, Metro Manila, National Capital Region, Philippines ; Maintained by ShaneO (contributor 47009366) .