Rivet John Daigre1

#9870, b. 24 Jun 1924, d. 13 Nov 1943
Last Edited:29 Nov 2015
FatherFrancis Rivet Daigre2 b. 12 Jan 1903, d. Jan 1971
MotherMarguerite McDonnell2 b. about 1902
Relationship7th great-grandson of Etienne Rivet
ChartsDescendants of Etienne Rivet of Acadia

Outline of Life Events:

BirthRivet John Daigre was born on 24 Jun 1924, probably at New Orleans, Orleans Parish, LA.3
Census1940, sonRivet J Daigre (given age 15) was enumerated on the 1940 Census as a son of Rivet Daigre (given age 37), living at 2119 Annunciation Street at New Orleans, Orleans Parish, LA. He was attending school, and had completed the eighth grade.2
MilitaryRivet John Daigre enlisted with the U.S. Navy, just four days after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, on 11 Dec 1941. He was received on board the U.S.S. Tennessee (BB-43) on 11 Jan 1942, with the rating of Seaman. By 14 Apr 1942 he was rated as Fireman 3rd class, then was promoted to Fireman 2nd class on 12 Sep 1942.
     The Tennessee had been damaged in the Pearl Harbor attack, and was under repair at Puget Sound Navy Yard at the time of Rivet's assignment. After repairs were complete, she sailed on 26 Feb 1942 to San Francisco, California. She began a period of intensive training operations with other available battleships and destroyers in the Pacific. In August, she escorted the U.S.S. Hornet as far as Pearl Harbor. The Hornet continued on to support the invasion of Guadalcanal. Older battleships such as the Tennessee were fuel hogs, and the Navy was limited in their ability to provide fuel in the Pacific. The Tennessee returned to Puget Sound on 27 August 1942 to undergo extensive modernization.
     Rivet was transferred off of the Tennessee on 17 Sep 1942, and was received on board the U.S.S. Denver (CL-58) on 15 Oct 1942, at its commissioning in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. On 01 Mar 1943, Rivet was promoted to Fireman 1st Class, followed by a promotion to Mechanic's Mate 2nd class on 01 Sep 1943.
     The Denver sailed from Philadelphia on 23 Jan 1943. It first saw combat in the Solomon Islands in March 1943, sinking two Japanese destroyers, and continued to support war efforts in the area for several months. At the end of October, Denver moved on to participate in the battle of Empress Augusta Bay, sharing in the Navy Unit Commendation awarded her division for outstanding performance. She covered support landings on Cape Torokina on 10-11 Nov 1943, and two days later during a heavy air attack was hit by an aerial torpedo, which knocked out all power and communications and killed 20 of her men. Rivet was one of the sailors killed in that attack.1,4
DeathHe died at age 19 , killed in action on the U.S.S. Denver on 13 Nov 1943, in the Pacific Theatre during World War II.1
BurialHe was buried at St. Patrick Cemetery #1 in New Orleans, Orleans Parish, LA.3


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  2. [S791] 1940 U.S. Census. LA. Orleans Parish. population schedule.
  3. [S971] Ancestry.com. U.S. Headstone Applications for Military Veterans, 1925-1963. U.S. National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, DC, USA.
  4. [S499] Wikipedia.com. Website. Online http://en.wikipedia.org