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EM3 Walter Otis Britton

Death 9 Aug 1942
At Sea
Burial Manila, Metro Manila, National Capital Region, Philippines
Plot Tablets of the Missing
Memorial ID 56751188 · 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 William Otis Britton.

Walter served as an Electrician's Mate, Third Class, U.S.S. Quincy (CA-39), U.S. Navy during World War II.

He resided at 1900 Ridge Road, Rochester, Monroe 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.

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

His remains were not recovered.

He was awarded the Purple Heart.

Service # 2343253

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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:
Russell S. "Russ" Pickett





  • Created by: CWGC/ABMC
  • Added: 8 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 56751188
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for EM3 Walter Otis Britton (unknown–9 Aug 1942), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56751188, citing Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Manila, Metro Manila, National Capital Region, Philippines ; Maintained by CWGC/ABMC (contributor 6) .