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Atherton, John McDougal

Rank and Name, Lieutenant Junior Grade John McDougal Atherton.

Unit/Placed in, USS Meredith (DD-434) Destroyer, United States Navy.


John is born approx. on 3 Aug. 1918 in Louisville, Kentucky.

Father, Peter L. Atherton.

Mother, Cornelia (Simrall) Atherton.

Sister(s), Sandra and Cornelia A. Atherton.


John enlisted the service in Kentucky with service number # 0-095601.


John was KIA when the USS Meredith was sighted by the air group from the Japanese Carrier Zuikaku, she was attacked by 35 planes and sunk on Oct. 15, 1942,  he is honored with a Purple Heart, Combat Action Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, Expeditionary Medal, American Campaign Medal, Navy & Marine Presidential Unit Citation, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, WW II Victory Medal.


John is buried/mentioned at Manila American Cemetery and Memorial Manila, Metro Manila, National Capital Region, Philippines.

Walls of the missing.


Thanks to, http://destroyerhistory.org/benson-gleavesclass/ussmeredith/

Jean Louis Vijgen, WW2-Pacific Website.

Air Force Info, Rolland Swank.

ABMC Website, https://abmc.gov

Navy Info, http://navylog.navymemorial.org

POW Info, http://www.mansell.com    Dwight Rider and Wes injerd.

Family Info, https://www.familysearch.org

Marines Info, https://missingmarines.com/    Geoffrey Roecker

Info, https://www.pacificwrecks.com/

Medals Info, https://www.honorstates.org


Philippine Info, http://www.philippine-scouts.org/

Find a Grave, https://www.findagrave.com

USS Meredith (DD-432) Destroyer
John McDougal Atherton
His rank Lieutenant Junior Grade