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Joseph Michael Hymel

Death 29 Jan 1943
At Sea
Burial Manila, Metro Manila, National Capital Region, Philippines
Plot Tablets of the Missing
Memorial ID 97494658 · 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 January 30, 1944, 1 year and 1 day after he went missing as was the custom.

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Joseph served as a Machinist's Mate Second Class, U.S.S. Chicago (CA-29), U.S. Navy during World War II.

He resided in Litchfield County, Connecticut prior to the war.

The Chicago, in what was known as the Battle of Rennell Island, was first hit by two torpedos on January 29th and disabled. Multiple crewmen were lost in this first attack.

On the 30th she was being towed to port when she was hit by 4 more torpedos which caused more crewmen to be lost and the Chicago to sink.

Joseph, who was in the after engine room, was declared "Missing In Action" in the first attack on the Chicago during the war.

He was awarded the Purple Heart.

Service # 2972511

The Chicago received three battle stars for World War II service.

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Bio by:
Russell S. "Russ" Pickett

Special thanks to:
ShaneO for submitting this record for bio updates!


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  • Created by: ShaneO
  • Added: 21 Sep 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 97494658
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Joseph Michael Hymel (unknown–29 Jan 1943), Find A Grave Memorial no. 97494658, citing Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Manila, Metro Manila, National Capital Region, Philippines ; Maintained by ShaneO (contributor 47009366) .