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KIA: WWII: US NAVY, Chief Machinists Mate Loyal Irving Mattis, Born: 20 Jan 1921, Enlistment: 26 Jan 1939, Died: 1 Nov 1944, on USS Anderson, Cabalian Bay, Philippines, Buried: Flint Memorial Park Cemetery, Flint, Michigan.
MUSTER ROLLS: 16 May 1939 Trans to USS Anderson.
MUSTER ROLLS: 26 Jan 1943, USS Anderson, MM1c Loyal I. Mattis, Extension of enlistment 2 yrs,
MUSTER ROLLS: 3 Nov 1944, USS Anderson, CMM(AA) Loyal I. Mattis, 1 Nov, Died of wounds received in action. Buried U.S. Cemetery, Tacloban, Leyte.
Loyal Irving Mattis Dies in Pacific Area: Loyal Irving Mattis, 23, chief machinist’s mate, USN, “died of multiple wounds following action in the Pacific,” his wife, Evelyn, and his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Claude Beatty, 2530 Lawndale Ave., have been informed. The Navy Department message stated, “His remains were interred in an Allied cemetery on an island in the Pacific pending cessation of hostilities.” Mr. Mattis enlisted in January, 1939, was trained at Newport, R.I., and was at sea during the Pearl Harbor attack by the Japanese on Dec 7, 1941. He was last home in March when he was married. The sailor attended Mr. Morris High School and was employed by Western Union before his enlistment. Besides his wife and parents he is survived by two brothers, Lawrence Mattis, gunner’s mate first class, stationed at Philadelphia, and Kenneth, Flint.
Served on the USS Anderson. He was a Chief Machinist Mate. Enlisted at 18 in 1939. Served on the USS Anderson. Killed on the date indicated by a Kamikaze pilot. Except from log: "Impact was from starboard portion of plane only, the remainder plunging into the water on the port side, carrying away ship's boat, amidships section covered with flaming gasoline, fires in laundry, ship's office and passageway adjoined thereto, root steam line punctured by fragments, steering by emergency controls and magnetic compass. . . . . " The final entry for the day say: "MATTIS, Loyal Irving, CMM, USN and RIGGAN, Henderson Tinsley, CEM, USN, died of wounds received in action with enemy at 1813 this date. "
For the rest of the Guadalcanal Campaign, and beyond, Anderson remained in the South Pacific, screening heavy ships, escorting convoys, bombarding the enemy ashore and carrying out patrols. She returned to the US for overhaul in March 1943 and went north for Aleutians operations during July–September. The destroyer’s next assignments were to support the invasions of the Gilbert Islands in November 1943 and the Marshalls in early 1944. She was hit by Japanese coast-defense gunfire while bombarding Wotje on 30 January. Further damaged by grounding two days later, Anderson was under repair until mid–June 1944. July–November 1944 was spent with the Seventh Fleet, including participation in landings at Morotai and Leyte. During the latter operation, on 1 November, she was hit by a Japanese suicide plane and again had to return to the West Coast for repairs.