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.
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.