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Crew member of USS Calhoun (DD-85/APD-2)-Guadalcanal

Started by All Things Polar , Jun 20 2013 10:10 AM

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#1 All Things Polar

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Posted 20 June 2013 - 10:10 AM

I am researching Seaman 1st Cl. Eugene J. Johnson, USN (enlisted in Des Moines, Iowa, Sept. 17, 1935), who I have tracked to the re-commissioning of the USS Calhoun (DD-85/APD-2) on Dec. 11, 1940, but afterward his trail goes cold, and I cannot find him listed on any other muster for WWII. 

 

The Calhoun was bombed and sunk by Japanese planes off Guadalcanal on Aug. 30, 1942; of her complement of 100 officers and enlisted men, 51 men were killed and 18 were wounded.  I have been told that nobody named Eugene J. Johnson appears on any WIA or KIA lists for the War.  Also, I found the following obituary online, and  strongly believe is the same man: 

 

"Eugene J. Johnson, 92, died in Knoxville, Iowa on Oct. 28, 2005.  He was born April 9, 1913 in Des Moines, Iowa to Glen and Lela Johnson.  He was a WWII US Navy Veteran. No survivors are listed."

 

Is it fair to assume that Johnson would have remained on the Calhoun from her re-commissioning until being sunk off Guadalcanal?  Is there any way of obtaining a crew list of the Calhoun for August 1942?

 

Many thanks in advance for all assistance,

 

Glenn

 

 

 

 

 



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Posted 20 June 2013 - 11:54 AM

I found a COX Eugene J Johnson 320-99-44, enlisted Des Moines, Iowa on the USS Colhoun   on the 9/30/41 quarterly muster roll. He was transferred to Rec station Norfolk for discharge on 9/17/41, his US navy time was over. Most likely he was called back after the start of WW2. I'm still looking for his return the active service.


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Posted 20 June 2013 - 11:59 AM

OK, I found him on the  ARD-5 on 12/31/42 with  re-enlistmet date of 10/24/41. 



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Posted 21 June 2013 - 06:20 PM

Thank you most kindly, Pete.  Did he stay on the ARD-5 for he balance of the War?

 

Glenn



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Posted 24 June 2013 - 11:36 AM

Let me check, I will get back to you.



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Posted 26 June 2013 - 11:34 AM

On 1/6/43 I see him transferred to ComSubPac, but I don't see him after that. Don't know he if was actually assigned to a sub or just office work. 



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Posted 27 June 2013 - 03:48 AM

Much appreciation for adding another piece to the puzzle, Pete. 

 

I found where the USS ARD-5 was launched on March 12, 1942 and commissioned July 3, 1943, so Johnson was transferred off ARD-5 well before her commissioning.

 

Seems like there must be some way to track Johnson after he joined ComSubPac in January 1943?

 

Glenn 




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