John L. Ruddy Jr., a seaman 2nd class in the United States Navy, was killed in action on Nov. 13, 1942 while serving aboard the U.S.S. Juneau during the Battle of Guadalcanal.
On that fateful day, the Juneau was struck by torpedoes fired from the Japanese submarine I-26. One of the torpedoes entered Juneau’s ammunition magazines. When the smoke cleared there was nothing to be seen of the ship. It is presumed that Ruddy was killed in action at this time.
Most of the nearly 900-member crew were killed as a result of the explosion. Although approximately 100 men survived the explosion, only ten were rescued from the shark-infested waters eight days after the attack.
Ruddy, for whom the Clark chapter of the Veterans of Foreign Wars is named, resided on Prescott Turn prior to his entry into the Navy.
Clark's Fallen Heroes profiles those 21 soldiers from Clark who died in service to their country. Author William Duffy’s research into Clark’s fallen heroes included such primary sources as United States military records kept at the National Archive, articles and reports from “The Elizabeth Daily Journal,” photographs, letters and, when possible, interviews with family members and friends of the deceased.
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