Beck, Merle La Vaghn, GM2c

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Last Rank
Gunner's Mate 2nd Class
Last Primary NEC
GM-0000-Gunner's Mate
Last Rating/NEC Group
Gunner's Mate
Primary Unit
1944-1945, GM-0000, USS Bonefish (SS-223)
Service Years
1942 - 1945
GM-Gunner's Mate

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Home State
Iowa
Iowa
Year of Birth
1924
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Stuart, IA
Last Address
Stuart, IA

Casualty Date
Jun 18, 1945
 
Cause
Hostile-Body Not Recovered
Reason
Other Explosive Device
Location
Sea of Japan
Conflict
World War II
Location of Interment
Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial - Honolulu, Hawaii
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Court 5 (cenotaph)

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 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

USS Bonefish (SS-223) was on a war patrol in the Sea of Japan with two other submarines. Her last communication was during a rendezvous on June 18th. Captured Japanese records indicate that a Japanese vessel was sunk on June 19th and that during an intense counterattack a submarine was sunk with all hands. It is presumed that this was the Bonefish. Gunners Mate Second Class Beck was officially declared dead 15 July 1946.
   
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Service number: 3217875
   
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 Duty Stations
NAVSUBASE New London/GrotonUSS R-13 (SS-90)USS Bonefish (SS-223)USS Bluefish (SS-222)
  1943-1943, S2c-0000, NAVSUBASE New London/Groton
  1943-1943, S2c-0000, USS R-13 (SS-90)
  1943-1943, S2c-0000, NAVSUBASE New London/Groton
  1943-1944, GM-0000, USS Bonefish (SS-223)
  1944-1944, GM-0000, USS Bluefish (SS-222)
  1944-1945, GM-0000, USS Bonefish (SS-223)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1943 USS BONEFISH (SS-223) 2nd War Patrol
  1944-1944 USS BLUEFISH (SS-222) 3rd War Patrol
  1944-1944 USS BONEFISH (SS-223) 4th War Patrol
  1944-1944 USS BONEFISH (SS-223) 5th War Patrol
  1944-1944 USS BLUEFISH (SS-222) 4th War Patrol
  1944-1944 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Western Caroline Islands Operation
  1944-1944 USS BONEFISH (SS-223) 6th War Patrol
  1945-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Okinawa Gunto Operation
  1945-1945 USS BONEFISH (SS-223) 7th War Patrol
  1945-1945 USS BONEFISH (SS-223) 8th War Patrol
 Other News, Events and Photographs
 
  Sep 01, 1943, Promoted to S1c
  Dec 01, 1943, Promoted to GM3
  May 01, 1944, Promoted to GM2
 Military Association Memberships
WW II Memorial National RegistryThe National Purple Heart Hall of HonorUnited States Navy Memorial World War II Fallen
  2018, WW II Memorial National Registry
  2018, The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor
  2018, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
  2018, World War II Fallen
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