Marvin Randolph Jones
Guardian: Ella Mae McGraw, Rt 3 Box 99, Sweetwater, TN
KIA 13 November 1942
Memorialized at Manila American Cemetery, Philippines

Shipped aboard the USS Juneau CL-52. On the night of 12-13 November 1942, Juneau was part of a task force that set out to stop a Japanese fleet headed for Guadalcanal to bombard the Marines. During the battle Juneau and USS Atlanta were credited with sinking two destroyers. During the action Juneau was struck by a torpedo and forced to retire from the action. With only one propeller functioning Juneau proceeded to safety through Sealark Channel, along with the damaged cruiser USS San Francisco CA-38 Cruiser Helena and 2 destroyers.

At about 11h00 on 13 November the Japanese submarine I-26 fired 3 torpedos at San Francisco. Missing they continued towards Juneau. Dodging the first two, the third struck Juneau almost in the same location as the previous damage and Juneau exploded and split in two sinking in 20 seconds. Of the 683 Crew members 14 survived. Among the lost were the 5 Sullivan brothers.

  • Rank: Mess Attendant Third Class
  • Date of death: 13 November 1942
  • County: Monroe
  • Hometown: Sweetwater
  • Service Branch: Navy
  • Division/Assignment: USS Juneau
  • Theater: Pacific
  • Conflict: World War II
  • Awards: Purple Heart
  • Burial/Memorial Location: Manila American Cemetery, Fort Bonifacio, Manila, Philippines
  • Location In Memorial: Pillar XVI, Top Panel
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