MM2 Matthew Bennett

MM2 Matthew Bennett

Death 9 Aug 1942 (aged 20)
At Sea
Memorial Site* Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines

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

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Memorial ID 56751060 · 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 August 10, 1943, 1 year and 1 day after he went missing as was the custom.

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Son of Mrs. Katherine Elizabeth Bennett.

Matthew served as a Machinist's Mate Second Class, U.S.S. Quincy (CA-39), U.S. Navy during World War II.

He resided in Buffalo, Erie County, New York prior to the war.

The U.S.S. Quincy, in what would be known as The Battle of Savo Island, was attacked by a large Japanese naval force and caught in the crossfire of Japanese ships Aoba, Furutaka, and Tenryū, and was hit heavily and set afire. The Quincy was then hit by two torpedoes from Tenryū, causing severe damage and eventually sank.

Matthew was declared "Missing In Action" in this battle during the war.

He was awarded the Purple Heart.

Service # 2342005

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The Quincy had a total loss of 370 men dead and 167 wounded and earned one battle star during World War II.

U.S. Ships lost in the Battle of Savo Island:

U.S.S. Astoria (CA-34)
U.S.S. Quincy (CA-39)
U.S.S. Vincennes (CA-44)

The Japanese did not lose any ships in this battle.

( Bio. by Russ Pickett )


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  • Maintained by: MAJ Jimmy Cotton
  • Originally Created by: War Graves
  • Added: 8 Aug 2010
  • Find a Grave Memorial 56751060
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for MM2 Matthew Bennett (20 Feb 1922–9 Aug 1942), Find a Grave Memorial no. 56751060, citing Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines ; Maintained by MAJ Jimmy Cotton (contributor 48803557) .