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S2 William John Chalmers

Birth
Delaware, USA
Death 1 Feb 1943
At Sea
Burial Manila, Metro Manila, National Capital Region, Philippines
Plot Tablets of the Missing
Memorial ID 56775069 · 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 February 2, 1944, 1 year and 1 day after he went missing as was the custom.

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Son of John and Ruby Houck Chalmers who resided in Greenwood, Delaware during the war.

William served as a Seaman Second Class, U.S.S. De Haven (DD-469), U.S. Navy during World War II.

He resided in Bridgeville, Sussex County, Delaware prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Navy on August 6, 1942 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He reported to duty on the De Haven on September 21, 1942.

The U.S.S. De Haven was screening six LCTs and a seaplane tender while they were establishing a beachhead at Marovo on Guadalcanal. While escorting two of the landing craft back to their base in the afternoon, the De Haven was hit by three bombs dropped by Japanese aircraft. One bomb hit the superstructure squarely, killing the commanding officer instantly. All way was lost after the first hit and the ship began to settle rapidly, sinking about 2 miles east of Savo Island. The De Haven lost 167 killed and 38 wounded.

William was declared "Missing In Action" during this attack.

He was awarded a Purple Heart.

Service # 2442053

The U.S.S. De Haven received one battle star for her World War II service.

( Bio by: Russell S. "Russ" Pickett )


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  • Created by: CWGC/ABMC
  • Added: 8 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 56775069
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for S2 William John Chalmers (unknown–1 Feb 1943), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56775069, citing Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Manila, Metro Manila, National Capital Region, Philippines ; Maintained by CWGC/ABMC (contributor 6) .