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S1C General Preston Douglas

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S1C General Preston Douglas

Birth
Newcomb, Campbell County, Tennessee, USA
Death
6 Jul 1943 (aged 20)
Solomon Islands
Burial
Sneedville, Hancock County, Tennessee, USA GPS-Latitude: 36.5599528, Longitude: -83.2423709
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Seaman 1st Class Douglas, United States Navy, of Newcomb, Tennessee. On July 6, 1943, the light cruiser "USS Helena"was struck by torpedoes fired by Japanese destroyers off the coast of Kolombangara Island, Solomon Islands, in what would become known as the Battle of the Kula Gulf. More than 700 servicemen were rescued, but Douglas was one of more than 150 servicemen who were missing as the ship sunk. In June 2006, a resident of Ranongga Island, Solomon Islands, notified U.S. officials that he exhumed human remains and Douglas' dog tag that he found eroding out of the ground near a trail by his village. The officials contacted the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC) who subsequently traveled to Ranongga Island to examine the burial location where they verified that no additional remains were present.
Among dental records, other forensic identification tools and circumstantial evidence, scientists from JPAC and the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory also used mitochondrial DNA in the identification of the remains. His parents were Walter and Bertha Douglas; his brothers were General Preston Douglas and Walter Garfield Douglas; and his sister was Regina Douglas Collins. He had joined the military on December 17, 1941 and was killed 2 weeks shy of his 21st birthday. He is survived by a host of extended family members. General was laid to rest next to his sister Regina Collins on January 26, 2008.
Seaman 1st Class Douglas, United States Navy, of Newcomb, Tennessee. On July 6, 1943, the light cruiser "USS Helena"was struck by torpedoes fired by Japanese destroyers off the coast of Kolombangara Island, Solomon Islands, in what would become known as the Battle of the Kula Gulf. More than 700 servicemen were rescued, but Douglas was one of more than 150 servicemen who were missing as the ship sunk. In June 2006, a resident of Ranongga Island, Solomon Islands, notified U.S. officials that he exhumed human remains and Douglas' dog tag that he found eroding out of the ground near a trail by his village. The officials contacted the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC) who subsequently traveled to Ranongga Island to examine the burial location where they verified that no additional remains were present.
Among dental records, other forensic identification tools and circumstantial evidence, scientists from JPAC and the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory also used mitochondrial DNA in the identification of the remains. His parents were Walter and Bertha Douglas; his brothers were General Preston Douglas and Walter Garfield Douglas; and his sister was Regina Douglas Collins. He had joined the military on December 17, 1941 and was killed 2 weeks shy of his 21st birthday. He is survived by a host of extended family members. General was laid to rest next to his sister Regina Collins on January 26, 2008.

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