Chester Eugene Hamby
Born 3 June 1920, Crossville, Cumberland, Tennessee
Missing since 9 August 1942, Solomon Islands
Finding of Death date 10 August 1943
Memorialized at the Manila American Cemetery, Philippines.

Hometown Cincinnati, Ohio
Son of William Andrew Hamby and Edna Ella Myatt
Husband of Ivy Evelyn Kemplin
Seaman First Class

Chester Hamby served aboard the heavy cruiser USS Quincy CA-39. He was killed in action on August 9, 1942 at the battle of Savo Island. The Quincy was sunk by the Japanese cruiser Chokai and 398 American sailors went down with their ship. He was awarded the Purple Heart posthumously.

In the picture below are Chester Hamby (left) with his brother Everett W. Hamby (right).  They were both on the same ship; when the ship went down, Chester went down with the ship.  His brother survived.  He did try to save Chester, and he tried going down and freeing him but could not.  Everett was burned while trying to save his brother by the fire from the fuel on the water.  He burned his hair and scalp.  Everett lived to be in His 80’s.  That is all I can tell you.
–Submitted by his nephew, Doug Beckstead

  • Rank: Seaman First Class
  • Date of birth:
  • 3 June 1920
  • Date of death: 10 August 1943
  • County: Cumberland
  • Hometown: Crossville
  • Service Branch: Navy
  • Division/Assignment: USS Quincy CA-39
  • Theater: Pacific
  • Conflict: World War II
  • Awards: Purple Heart
  • Burial/Memorial Location: Manila American Cemetery, Fort Bonifacio, Manila, Philippines
  • Location In Memorial: Pillar VIII, Bottom Panel
  • Sponsored by: Doug Beckstead

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