Joseph Raymond Sampson
Served aboard the USS Indianapolis
Sampson died when heavy cruiser Indianapolis was torpedoed and sunk by Japanese submarine I 58 northeast of Leyte on July 29, 1945. Of the 1,196 men aboard, about 900 made it into the water in the twelve minutes before she sank. Few life rafts were released. Most survivors wore the standard kapok life jacket. Shark attacks began with sunrise of the first day, and continued until only 316 men were still alive when rescued, almost five days later.
Memorialized at Manila American Cemetery in Fort Bonifacio, Manila, Philippines
Wife: Mrs. Mary Ella Sampson, 332 Vermont Avenue, Knoxville