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SM1C Joseph Nicholas Battaglia

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SM1C Joseph Nicholas Battaglia

Birth
Buffalo, Erie County, New York, USA
Death
13 Nov 1942 (aged 26)
At Sea
Memorial Site*
Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines

* A structure erected in honor of someone whose remains lie elsewhere.

Plot
Tablets of the Missing - United States Navy--Missing In Action
Memorial ID
56751019 View Source

USS Juneau (CL-52) was a United States Navy Atlanta-class light cruiser. She was laid down by Federal Shipbuilding Company, Kearny, New Jersey, on 27 May 1940, launched on 25 October 1941 and commissioned on 14 February 1942.
On 8 November 1942, Juneau departed Nouméa, New Caledonia, as a unit of TF 67 under the command of Rear Admiral Richmond K. Turner to escort reinforcements to Guadalcanal. Before noon on 13 November, Juneau, along with two other cruisers damaged in the battle—Helena and San Francisco—headed toward Espiritu Santo for repairs. Juneau was steaming on one screw, keeping station 800 yd (730 m) off the starboard quarter of the likewise severely damaged San Francisco. She was down 12 feet (3.7 m) by the bow, but able to maintain 13 kn (15 mph, 24 km/h). A few minutes after 11:00, two torpedoes were launched from Japanese submarine I-26. These were intended for San Francisco, but both passed ahead of her. One struck Juneau in the same place that had been hit during the battle. There was a great explosion; Juneau broke in two and disappeared in just 20 seconds. Fearing more attacks from I-26, and wrongly assuming from the massive explosion that there were no survivors, Helena and San Francisco departed without attempting to rescue any survivors. In fact, more than 100 sailors had survived the sinking of Juneau. They were left to fend for themselves in the open ocean for eight days before rescue aircraft belatedly arrived. While awaiting rescue, all but 10 died from the elements and shark attacks. Among those lost were the five Sullivan brothers. Two of the brothers apparently survived the sinking, only to die in the water; two presumably went down with the ship. Some reports indicate the fifth brother also survived the sinking, but disappeared during the first night when he left a raft and got into the water. On 20 November 1942, USS Ballard recovered two of the ten survivors. Five more in a raft were rescued by a PBY Seaplane 5 miles (8.0 km) away. Three others, including a badly wounded officer, made it to San Cristobal (now Makira) Island, about 55 miles (89 km) away from the sinking. One of the survivors recovered by Ballard said he had been with one of the Sullivan brothers for several days after the sinking. In total, 687 men, including the five Sullivan brothers, were killed in action as a result of her sinking.

S/O Josephine (Muscarella) & Rosolino L "Russell" Battaglia
Service # 2340965
Rank Signalman First Class U.S. Navy
★ Purple Heart
Status Missing In Action
BATTAGLIA, JOSEPH N SM1C NAVY 02340965 USS JUNEAU; UNITED STATES NAVY 11/13/1942 Solomon Islands

Source material from multiple public domain websites.

USS Juneau (CL-52) was a United States Navy Atlanta-class light cruiser. She was laid down by Federal Shipbuilding Company, Kearny, New Jersey, on 27 May 1940, launched on 25 October 1941 and commissioned on 14 February 1942.
On 8 November 1942, Juneau departed Nouméa, New Caledonia, as a unit of TF 67 under the command of Rear Admiral Richmond K. Turner to escort reinforcements to Guadalcanal. Before noon on 13 November, Juneau, along with two other cruisers damaged in the battle—Helena and San Francisco—headed toward Espiritu Santo for repairs. Juneau was steaming on one screw, keeping station 800 yd (730 m) off the starboard quarter of the likewise severely damaged San Francisco. She was down 12 feet (3.7 m) by the bow, but able to maintain 13 kn (15 mph, 24 km/h). A few minutes after 11:00, two torpedoes were launched from Japanese submarine I-26. These were intended for San Francisco, but both passed ahead of her. One struck Juneau in the same place that had been hit during the battle. There was a great explosion; Juneau broke in two and disappeared in just 20 seconds. Fearing more attacks from I-26, and wrongly assuming from the massive explosion that there were no survivors, Helena and San Francisco departed without attempting to rescue any survivors. In fact, more than 100 sailors had survived the sinking of Juneau. They were left to fend for themselves in the open ocean for eight days before rescue aircraft belatedly arrived. While awaiting rescue, all but 10 died from the elements and shark attacks. Among those lost were the five Sullivan brothers. Two of the brothers apparently survived the sinking, only to die in the water; two presumably went down with the ship. Some reports indicate the fifth brother also survived the sinking, but disappeared during the first night when he left a raft and got into the water. On 20 November 1942, USS Ballard recovered two of the ten survivors. Five more in a raft were rescued by a PBY Seaplane 5 miles (8.0 km) away. Three others, including a badly wounded officer, made it to San Cristobal (now Makira) Island, about 55 miles (89 km) away from the sinking. One of the survivors recovered by Ballard said he had been with one of the Sullivan brothers for several days after the sinking. In total, 687 men, including the five Sullivan brothers, were killed in action as a result of her sinking.

S/O Josephine (Muscarella) & Rosolino L "Russell" Battaglia
Service # 2340965
Rank Signalman First Class U.S. Navy
★ Purple Heart
Status Missing In Action
BATTAGLIA, JOSEPH N SM1C NAVY 02340965 USS JUNEAU; UNITED STATES NAVY 11/13/1942 Solomon Islands

Source material from multiple public domain websites.

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  • Maintained by: Buffalo
  • Originally Created by: War Graves
  • Added: 8 Aug 2010
  • Find a Grave Memorial ID: 56751019
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/56751019/joseph-nicholas-battaglia: accessed ), memorial page for SM1C Joseph Nicholas Battaglia (3 Aug 1916–13 Nov 1942), Find a Grave Memorial ID 56751019, citing Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines; Maintained by Buffalo (contributor 50696055).