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William Watson Magill

Birth
Death 13 Nov 1942
At Sea
Burial Manila, Metro Manila, National Capital Region, Philippines
Plot Tablets Of The Missing
Memorial ID 169953555 · View Source
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Son of Samuel J. Magill who resided in Thompsonville, Connecticut.

William served as a Seaman First Class, U.S.S. Juneau (CL-52), U.S. Navy during World War II.

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

The Juneau, in the early morning hours in near pitch darkness, was first struck on the port side by a torpedo causing a severe list. The Juneau, once dawn broke, then tried to return to Espiritu Santo for repairs along with the battle damaged U.S.S. Helena and U.S.S. San Francisco, when the Juneau was again hit by a torpedo from Japanese I-26 causing her to sink in the "Naval Battle of Guadalcanal" during the war.

William was declared "Missing In Action" from the Juneau.

He was awarded the Purple Heart.

Service # 2073237

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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

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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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S1C, US NAVY WORLD WAR II


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  • Created by: Russ Pickett
  • Added: 15 Sep 2016
  • Find A Grave Memorial 169953555
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William Watson Magill (unknown–13 Nov 1942), Find A Grave Memorial no. 169953555, citing Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Manila, Metro Manila, National Capital Region, Philippines ; Maintained by Russ Pickett (contributor 46575736) .