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Joseph Ignatz Matlak

Death 13 Nov 1942
At Sea
Burial Manila, Metro Manila, National Capital Region, Philippines
Plot Tablets Of The Missing
Memorial ID 169983703 · 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. Katherine Matlak who resided in Stamford, Connecticut.

Joseph served as a Carpenter's Mate Third Class, U.S.S. Barton (DD-599), U.S. Navy during World War II.

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

Joseph was declared "Missing In Action" when the Barton was hit by two 'Long Lance' torpedoes fired by the Japanese destroyer Amatsukaze that slammed into the midsection causing the Barton to sink in the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal during the war.

He was awarded the Purple Heart.

Service # 6420846

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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





  • Created by: Russ Pickett
  • Added: 16 Sep 2016
  • Find A Grave Memorial 169983703
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Joseph Ignatz Matlak (unknown–13 Nov 1942), Find A Grave Memorial no. 169983703, citing Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Manila, Metro Manila, National Capital Region, Philippines ; Maintained by Russ Pickett (contributor 46575736) .