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John Patrick Shea, Jr

Connecticut, USA
Death 13 Nov 1942
At Sea
Burial Manila, Metro Manila, National Capital Region, Philippines
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Memorial ID 171988445 · View Source
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Son of John Patrick Shea, Sr. who resided in Hartford, Connecticut.

John served as a Seaman Second 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 # 6420270

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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: 30 Oct 2016
  • Find A Grave Memorial 171988445
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for John Patrick Shea, Jr (unknown–13 Nov 1942), Find A Grave Memorial no. 171988445, citing Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Manila, Metro Manila, National Capital Region, Philippines ; Maintained by Russ Pickett (contributor 46575736) .