S1 John Patrick Cronin

Birth
Death 20 Apr 1944
At Sea
Burial Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia
Plot Section E Row 3 Grave 20
Memorial ID 56246403 · View Source
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John served as a Seaman First Class, U.S.S. Lansdale (DD-426), U.S. Navy during World War II.

He resided in Cook County, Illinois prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Navy on July 30, 1942 and was assigned to the U.S.S. Lansdale on February 16, 1944.

The Lansdale, while escorting Convey UGS 38 bound from Norfolk to Bizerte, was first attacked by two or three waves of German Heinkel He 111s Aircraft. One successfully released a torpedo which struck the Lansdale's starboard side forward, wrecking the forward fireroom and opening both sides to the sea.

The Lansdale's skipper, Lt. Cdr. Douglas M. Swift, ordered her abandoned when he feared the stricken ship might roll "completely over." Five minutes later she broke in half, and the stern section quickly sank. The forward section sank 20 minutes later.

Forty-eight (48) officers and men were carried down with Lansdale.

John was "Killed In Action" in this attack during the war.

He was awarded the Purple Heart.

Service # 6117956

Son of Patrick J. Cronin who resided in Chicago, Illinois.

The Lansdale received 4 Battle Stars for it's World War II Service.

The S.S. Paul Hamilton and S.S. Royal Star were also both sunk in this attack.
The Royal Star had only 1 crewman lost.
The S.S. Paul Hamilton, however, had a loss of approximately 580 men. "533" on the Hamilton that were lost were U.S. Soldiers and Sailors!

( Bio by: Russ Pickett )


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  • Created by: CWGC/ABMC
  • Added: 6 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 56246403
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for S1 John Patrick Cronin (unknown–20 Apr 1944), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56246403, citing North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial, Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia ; Maintained by CWGC/ABMC (contributor 6) .