Private Claude Franklin Shouse

Service Number: 307087

Birth and Early Life:
Claude Shouse was the son of Claude and Anna Shouse of Fresno, California. (1)

Enlistment and Boot Camp:
Shouse enlisted sometime in early 1941. He would have attended boot camp at MCRD San Diego, and may have been enrolled at Sea School in San Diego. 

Wartime Service:
Private Shouse joined the crew of the USS Houston at an unknown date; he either joined the ship directly from training, or was one of a number of men diverted from posts in the Philippines in early 1942. While aboard the Houston, Shouse participated in action in the battles of Makassar Strait and the Java Sea.

Date Of Loss:
Claude Shouse was killed when the Houston was sunk in the battle of Sunda Strait on the night of February 28, 1942. He is considered lost as of March 1, and was officially declared dead on December 15, 1945.

Next Of Kin:
Parents, Claude & Anna Shouse

Status Of Remains:
Lost at sea.

Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Philippines.

(1) A Claude F. Shouse, son of Claude F. and Anna L. Shouse, appears on the 1930 United States Federal Census for Fresno, California, aged 2 ½. His service number suggests he enlisted in early 1941, making him 13 or 14 when he joined and 14 or 15 at the time of his death. While not impossible, Shouse’s youth would have been extremely unusual, especially for a pre-war enlistment.

6 thoughts on “Private Claude Franklin Shouse

  1. If any of Claude’s other relatives visit this page, please leave a comment about him, your relation, etc.


      1. Hi, Geoff. I only know that his father, Claude, and my great-grandfather, William C. Shouse, were brothers. Claude had no children himself, but I was hoping that perhaps someone who knew him is still alive who could share anything or that I might be able to trace other Shouse descendants through his brothers.
        William And Claude also had a brother named Boyd and a sister named Lula. Their parents were Wainwright Shouse and Susan Berry.
        I only know that certain members of this family eventually moved to Fresno, California and ran a place called “Owl Cleaners”.
        I’d also like to take this opportunity to remember Claude and all the others who lost their lives 70 years ago this month.

  2. Hi Denise,

    My name is Patty and my father, John, was Claude’s youngest brother. Claude Shouse Sr. was my grandfather. Claude Sr. and his wife, Anna, had 4 boys of whom Claude Jr. was the oldest. And yes, he went missing during WW ll and 3 years later was declared dead. My dad talked about that tragedy all throughout his life, until he passed away in 2008. I was trying to find information on my uncle when I came upon this site. I hope you will see this message. I will check back periodically.

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