Seaman First Class Oscar John Bennett died on 9 August 1942. Officially declared dead on 10 August 1943. He is listed on the Tablets of the Missing, Manila American Cemetery, Manila, Philippines.

Served on the U.S.S. Vincennes (CA 44). The Vincennes was lost on August 9, 1942 in the first Battle of Savo Island. The heavy cruiser was virtually shot to pieces as Japanese surface ships sent 57 known shell hits and one torpedo into her hull and superstructure. Damage to the Vincennes was so extensive that loss was inevitable. Twenty-two officers and 14 enlisted men were killed and 46 officers and 684 enlisted men survived. Quick and thorough rescue work by American destroyers prevented a greater loss of life.

Father: Mr. Stanford Bennett, Erwin, TN.

  • Rank: Seaman First Class
  • Date of death: 9 August 1942
  • County: Unicoi
  • Service Branch: Navy
  • Division/Assignment: USS Vincennes (CA-44)
  • Theater: Pacific
  • Conflict: World War II
  • Awards: Purple Heart
  • Burial/Memorial Location: Manila American Cemetery, Manila, Philippines
  • Location In Memorial: Pillar XIX, Top Panel
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