Bruns, Walter Allen, Jr., CRM

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Last Rank
Chief Petty Officer
Last Primary NEC
Last Rating/NEC Group
Primary Unit
1941-1943, RM-2333, USS Grampus (SS-207)
Service Years
1936 - 1943
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Saint Paul, MN
Last Address
4690 51st St
San Diego, CA
(Parents: Walter A Bruns Sr & wife Helen)

Casualty Date
Mar 05, 1943
Hostile, Died while Missing
Lost At Sea-Unrecovered
Pacific Ocean
World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Northern Solomon Islands Campaign (1943-44)/Sinking of the USS Grampus (SS-207)
Location of Interment
Manila American Cemetery - Taguig City, Philippines
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Tablets of the Missing (Cenotaph)

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Last Known Activity
In company with Grayback, Grampus departed Brisbane on 11 February 1943, for her sixth war patrol from which she failed to return; the manner of her loss still remains a mystery. Japanese seaplanes reported sinking a submarine on 18 February in Grampus's patrol area, but Grayback reported seeing Grampus in that same area 4 March. On 5 March 1943, the Japanese destroyers Minegumo and Murasame conducted an attack preceding the Battle of Blackett Strait, near Kolombangara island. A heavy oil slick was sighted there the following day, indicating that Grampus may have been lost there in a night attack or gun battle against the destroyers. The Japanese destroyers had by then already been sunk in a night action with U.S. cruisers and destroyers.

When repeated attempts failed to contact Grampus, the submarine was declared missing and presumed lost with all hands. Her name was struck from the Naval Vessel Register on 21 June 1943.
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Submarine Enlisted Badge
Submarine Combat Patrol Badge

 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1935, Recruit Training (Great Lakes, IL), 003
 Duty Stations
USS S-39 (SS-144)USS Grampus (SS-207)
  1938-1941, RM-0000, USS S-39 (SS-144)
  1941-1943, RM-2333, USS Grampus (SS-207)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Bombardment - Marshall and Gilbert Islands
  1942-1942 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-42)
  1943-1943 Northern Solomon Islands Campaign (1943-44)/Sinking of the USS Grampus (SS-207)
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Feb 10, 1936, Enlisted in the Navy
  Feb 10, 1936, Service entry date & Serial Number
  Oct 08, 1938, Reported on Board USS S-39
  Feb 10, 1940, Extened-Enlisted on USS S-39 for 2 Full Years
  Jan 30, 1941, Departed USS Grampus
  May 23, 1941, Reported on Board USS Grampus
  Dec 11, 1941, Re-enlisted
  Mar 05, 1943, Promoted To RMC Posthumously
  Oct 04, 2015, General Photos1
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WW II Memorial National RegistryThe National Gold Star Family RegistryUnited States Navy Memorial World War II Fallen
  2013, WW II Memorial National Registry
  2013, The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2013, United States Navy Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2015, World War II Fallen
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