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Babylon, Elmer Leroy

Rank and Name, Boatswain Elmer Leroy Babylon.

Unit/Placed in, USS Vincennes (CA-44) Cruiser, United States Navy.

Boatswain is the senior most rate of the deck department and is responsible for the components of a ship’s hull. The boatswain supervises the other members of the ship’s deck department, and typically is not a watch stander, except on vessels with small crews. Additional duties vary depending upon ship, crew, and circumstances.


Elmer is born approx. on 27 April 1914 in Carroll County,  Maryland.

Father, Guy W. Babylon.

Mother, Sarah L. (Graham) Babylon.

Sister(s), Ruth L. and Kathleen M. Babylon.

Brother(s), Guy G. and Graham W. Babylon.


Leroy enlisted the service in Maryland with service number # 199284.


Leroy was KIA when the USS Vincennes sunk in the Battle of Savo Island, 9 Aug. 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.


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

Walls of the missing.


Thanks to, http://www.maritimequest.com/warship_directory/us_navy_pages/cruisers/pages/uss_vincennes_ca44_roll_of_honor.htm


Jean Louis Vijgen, WW2-Pacific Website.

Air Force Info, Rolland Swank.

ABMC Website, https://abmc.gov

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

Seabees History Bob Smith  https://seabeehf.org/

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

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

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

National Historian

Navy Seal Memorial,  http://www.navysealmemorials.com

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

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

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


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

USS Vincennes (CA-44) Cruiser
Damage Gunfire and Torpedohits
Elmer Leroy Babylon
His rank Boatswain
USS Vincennes Memorial