Born in 1924 in Chilhowee, TN. Memorialized at Manila American Cemetery in Fort Bonifacio, Manila, Philippines. He was officially declared dead on 10 August 1943.
Parents: Judge and Dory Cantrell
Siblings: Louise E. Cantrell, Judge G. Cantrell, Matthie Cantrell, Irene Cantrell, Edger Cantrell, and Thomas Cantrell
Samuel Cantrell Served on the U.S.S. Broom and was transferred to the U.S.S. Vincennes on 1 November 1941. The Vincennes was lost on August 9, 1942 in the first Battle of Savo Island. The heavy cruiser was virtually shot to pieces as Japanese surface ships sent 57 known shell hits and one torpedo into her hull and superstructure. Damage to the Vincennes was so extensive that loss was inevitable. Twenty-two officers and fourteen enlisted men were killed and 46 officers and 684 enlisted men survived. Quick and thorough rescue work by American destroyers prevented a greater loss of life.
- Rank: Stewards Mate Second Class
- Date of death: 9 August 1942
- County: Knox
- Hometown: Knoxville
- Service Branch: Navy
- Division/Assignment: USS Vincennes
- Theater: Pacific
- Conflict: World War II
- Awards: Purple Heart
- Burial/Memorial Location: Manila American Cemetery, Fort Bonifacio, Manila, Philippines
- Location In Memorial: Pillar XIV, Top Panel
- Sponsored by: Janet White
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