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John Hilmer Johnson

Death 13 Nov 1942
At Sea
Burial Manila, Metro Manila, National Capital Region, Philippines
Plot Tablets Of The Missing
Memorial ID 169021414 · View Source
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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.

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Son of Mrs. Emma Johnson who resided in Hartford, Connecticut.

John served as a Seaman First Class, U.S.S. Atlanta (CL-51), U.S. Navy during World War II.

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

John was declared "Missing In Action" in the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal during the war.

The Atlanta was first hit in the forward engine room by a torpedo, fired by either the Japanese ship Inazuma or Ikazuchand, and lost all but auxiliary diesel power.

The Atlanta was then hit by an estimated nineteen 8-inch (200 mm) shells which the U.S.S. San Francisco, unknowingly during the confusion, fired into her.

The Atlanta's Captain, Samuel P. Jenkins, due to the ship being severely damaged beyond repair, ordered that the Atlanta be abandoned and sunk with a demolition charge.

John was awarded the Purple Heart.

Service # 6420256

Bio by:
Russell S. "Russ" Pickett

Special thanks to:
Janice Hollandsworth for finding that this record was not recorded at Manila!

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  • Created by: Russ Pickett
  • Added: 28 Aug 2016
  • Find A Grave Memorial 169021414
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for John Hilmer Johnson (unknown–13 Nov 1942), Find A Grave Memorial no. 169021414, citing Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Manila, Metro Manila, National Capital Region, Philippines ; Maintained by Russ Pickett (contributor 46575736) .