Service Number: 350549
Birth and Early Life:
Claude Hoffman was born on November 23, 1918. His parents, William and Florence resided in Shamokin, Pennsylvania. The Hoffman family were no strangers to misfortune; two of their children died before the age of three, and Florence herself passed away in 1938.
Enlistment and Boot Camp:
Hoffman enlisted in Philadelphia on January 8, 1942. After training at Parris Island, he was promoted to Private First Class and assigned to Company G, Second Battalion, 7th Marines.
Hoffman spent the spring and summer training with the 7th Marines. The regiment was part of the First Marine Division, and in the late summer left the United States for the South Pacific. They stopped over at Samoa, where for several months they trained in jungle warfare tactics.
Date Of Loss:
On the afternoon of July 21, 1942, Claude Hoffman decided to take a swim in Apolima Strait, just off the coast of Samoa. He suddenly ran into difficulty and began floundering; his comrades tried to rescue him but he drowned at approximately 3:15 PM. Efforts to recover his body were unsuccessful, Hoffman may have been the first fatality the regiment suffered during the war.
Next Of Kin:
Father, Mr. William E. Hoffman
Status Of Remains:
Lost at sea.
Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Philippines.