Neal Trotter was born in 1917 in Tennessee, the son of Cornelius Neal Trotter and Ethel Irene McDaniel.

The Chattanooga Daily Times, 23 June 1942
Neal Trotter, 24-year-old seaman, son of Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius Trotter, 725 East Fourth Street, is listed “missing in action.” Seaman Trotter, a veteran of eight years in the navy, was well known as an amateur athlete here. He has been on a destroyer, his parents said, on duty in the Pacific.
His wife, who resides in New York, notified his parents of the announcement yesterday.

Died 6 June 1942
Officially declared dead on 7 June 1943
Memorialized at the Honolulu, HI Memorial

Neal Junior Trotter served on the U.S.S. Hammann (DD412).
On 4 June 1942 the Hammann was operating with Task Force 17 about 120 miles northeast of Midway Island. The final action of the Hamman occurred at about 1530 on June 6, 1942. The Hammann was moored portside to the Yorktown. At this time four torpedoes were reported on the starboard beam. The ship sank so quickly that there was little opportunity for direction or supervision by officers in the process of abandoning ship.

  • Rank: Watertender First Class
  • Date of death: 6 June 1942
  • County: Hamilton
  • Service Branch: Navy
  • Division/Assignment: USS Hammann (DD-412)
  • Theater: Pacific
  • Conflict: World War II
  • Awards: Purple Heart
  • Burial/Memorial Location: Honolulu Memorial, Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Location In Memorial: Pillar X, Bottom Panel
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