Service Number: 324277
Birth and Early Life:
Thomas Emmons was a native of Sinton, Texas.
Enlistment and Boot Camp:
Emmons enlisted on November 6, 1941. He was at MCRD San Diego when Pearl Harbor was attacked, and after completing Sea School was sent to Pearl Harbor Navy Yard as a guard.
Thomas Emmons joined the USS Vincennes at Pearl Harbor in the summer of 1942, when she returned from the battle of Midway. He saw his first action during the landings on Guadalcanal when his cruiser supported the Marine landings and fought off Japanese air attacks on August 7-8.
Date Of Loss:
Private Emmons was killed on the morning of August 9, 1942, when his cruiser was sunk at the battle of Savo Island. His remains were never found.
Next Of Kin:
Mother, Mrs. Jewell Emmons
Status Of Remains:
Lost at sea