Bole, John Archibald, Jr., LCDR

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Last Rank
Lieutenant Commander
Last Primary NEC
112X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Submarine Warfare
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1942-1943, USS Amberjack (SS-219)
Service Years
1928 - 1943
Lieutenant Commander
Lieutenant Commander

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Home State
New York
New York
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Elmhurst, NY
Last Address
49 Lower Boulevard
New London, CT
(Wife~ Constance Stephens Bole)

Casualty Date
Feb 16, 1943
Hostile, Died while Missing
Other Explosive Device
Pacific Ocean
World War II
Location of Interment
Manila American Cemetery - Taguig City, Philippines
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Tablets of the Missing (cenotaph)

 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
World War II FallenUnited States Navy Memorial The National Gold Star Family RegistryWW II Memorial National Registry
  2016, World War II Fallen
  2016, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
  2016, The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2016, WW II Memorial National Registry

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Command at Sea
Submarine Officer Badge
Submarine Combat Patrol Badge

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
US NavyUSS Tarpon (SS-175)USS Amberjack (SS-219)
  1928-1931, USS Tennessee (BB-43)
  1937-1940, 112X, USS Tarpon (SS-175)
  1940-1942, 112X, USS S-21 (SS-126)
  1942-1943, USS Amberjack (SS-219)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1943 Submarine War Patrols
 Colleges Attended 
United States Naval Academy
  1924-1928, United States Naval Academy2
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Jul 01, 1936, Promoted to Lieutenant
  Jan 01, 1942, Promoted to Lieutenant Commander
  Feb 16, 2016, General Photos3
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
John Archibald Bole, Jr., was born in Elmhurst, N.Y., 28 March 1906 and graduated from the Naval Academy in 1928. After serving in Tennessee, he underwent submarine training. Bole subsequently served in a succession of submarines, taking command of S-21 in June 1940. Appointed Lieutenant Commander 2 January 1942, he became the commanding officer of Amberjack (SS-219) upon her commissioning in July 1942. After two offensive patrols in the Solomons, the submarine departed Brisbane 26 January 1943 to prowl the shipping lanes around Rabaul. She sank a freighter 4 February and was last heard from 10 days later. Japanese records indicate Amberjack was probably sunk in an attack 16 February 1943. Lt. Comdr. Bole was awarded the Navy Cross for his outstanding performance as her commander.
Name of Award
Navy Cross Year Awarded
1942 Details behind Award:
Awarded for actions during World War II

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Lieutenant Commander John Archibald Bole, Jr. (NSN: 0-62013), United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. AMBERJACK (SS-219), on the FIRST War Patrol of that submarine during the period 3 September 1942 to 30 October 1942, in enemy controlled waters. Lieutenant Commander Bole inflicted heavy losses to valuable enemy shipping. By his extraordinary heroism and intrepid and aggressive conduct of the patrol, three enemy vessels totaling 28,000 tons were sunk and two other enemy vessels totaling approximately 17,000 tons were damaged. On 7 October 1942, after damaging an enemy cargo ship, he came to the surface and conducted a determined pursuit for five hours, eventually destroying it in spite of the fact that the enemy was armed with a deck gun. On 10 October 1942, with great gallantry in the face of the enemy he proceeded to Kavieng Harbor and sank the 19,000 tone whale rendering ship Tonan Maru and damaged a 7,000 ton freighter, fully recognizing the dangers involved, but also realizing that the Tonan Maru had been used by the enemy for ferrying planes and was a very valuable target. On 19 September 1942 and again on 10 October 1942, his ship was strenuously depth charged by the enemy, but by the use of cool and skillful evasive tactics Lieutenant Commander Bole was able to escape with only minor damage to the AMBERJACK. Such actions on his part were in keeping with the highest traditions of the Naval Service.
Action Date: September 3 - October 30, 1942
Service: Navy
Rank: Lieutenant Commander
Title: Commanding Officer
Submarine: U.S.S. Amberjack (SS-219)
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