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BM2 Thomas Eugene Beers

Birth
Death 13 Nov 1942
At Sea
Burial Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines
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Memorial ID 56786841 · View Source
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Son of Mrs. Bridget Beers who resided in Harrison, New Jersey.

Thomas served as a Boatswain's Mate Second Class, U.S.S. Juneau (CL-52), U.S. Navy during World War II.

He resided in Hudson County, New Jersey prior to the war.

The Juneau, in the early morning hours in near pitch darkness, was first struck on the port side by a torpedo causing a severe list. The Juneau, once dawn broke, then tried to return to Espiritu Santo for repairs along with the battle damaged U.S.S. Helena and U.S.S. San Francisco, when the Juneau was again hit by a torpedo from Japanese I-26 causing her to sink.

Thomas was declared "Missing In Action" in the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal during the war.

He was awarded the Purple Heart.

Service # 2281894

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In the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal, which was considered a United States strategic victory, the Navy lost 2 light cruisers, 7 destroyers, and 36 aircraft for a total of 1,732 killed in this four day battle.

U.S. Light Cruisers Lost:
U.S.S. Atlanta (CL-51)
U.S.S. Juneau (CL-52)

U.S. Destroyers Lost:
U.S.S. Barton (DD-599)
U.S.S. Benham (DD-397)
U.S.S. Cushing (DD-376)
U.S.S. Laffey (DD-459)
U.S.S. Monssen (DD-436)
U.S.S. Preston (DD-379)
U.S.S. Walke (DD-416)

Japanese losses included:
2 battleships
1 heavy cruiser
3 destroyers
11 transports
64 aircraft

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Bio by:
Russell S. "Russ" Pickett

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  • Created by: CWGC/ABMC
  • Added: 8 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 56786841
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for BM2 Thomas Eugene Beers (unknown–13 Nov 1942), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56786841, citing Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines ; Maintained by CWGC/ABMC (contributor 6) .