Knight, Fraser Sinclair, LCDR

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Last Rank
Lieutenant Commander
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1943-1945, USS Bonefish (SS-223)
Service Years
1936 - 1945
Lieutenant Commander
Lieutenant Commander

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Home State
Florida
Florida
Year of Birth
1917
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Miami, FL
Last Address
Southern Pines, NC

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
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
ME 25 (memorial marker)

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Last Known Activity

LCDR Knight was the Executive Officer of the USS Bonefish (SS-223).

USS Bonefish 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. Lieutenant Commander Knight was officially declared dead 15 July 1946.
   
Comments/Citation

Service number: 085289

Silver Star
Awarded for Actions During World War II
Service: Navy
Division: U.S.S. Bonefish (SS-223)
General Orders: Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 368 (October 1947)
Citation: (Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Lieutenant Commander Fraser S. Knight (NSN: 0-85289), United States Navy, was awarded the Silver Star (Posthumously) for gallantry in action as Assistant Approach Officer of the U.S.S. BONEFISH (SS-223), during the SIXTH War Patrol of that vessel in enemy Japanese controlled waters of the Pacific, from 5 September to 8 November 19445. Lieutenant Commander Knight materially assisted his commanding officer in sinking three enemy ships totaling 22,000 tons and damaged two additional vessels totaling 8.900 tons. His gallant actions and dedicated devotion to duty, without regard for his own life, were in keeping with the highest traditions of military service and reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Naval Service.

Navy Unit Commendation
For outstanding heroism in action during the First, Third, Fourth, Fifth and Sixth War Patrols in enemy Japanese-controlled areas of the Pacific. Harassed continually and several times bombed by watchful and aggressive enemy aircraft, the USS Bonefish boldly penetrated the most forward combat areas to effect wide coverage of her assigned sectors and strike fiercely at important Japanese surface targets. Consistently ready for combat under the superb handling of her gallant officers and men, she defied heavy escort screens; she developed her contacts with determined aggressiveness and launched gunfire and torpedo attacks despite the severest hostile countermeasures to sink or damage many ships vital to the enemy's continued persecution of the war. In addition to her valiant combat achievements, the Bonefish rendered splendid lifeguard services during air strikes against hostile territory, effecting the rescue of two friendly pilots. Her outstanding record of success under the hazards and difficulties of prolonged patrols reflects the highest credit upon the Bonefish, her courageous, fighting ship's company and the United States Naval Service.
   
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 Duty Stations
US NavyNAVSUBASE New London/GrotonUSS Bonefish (SS-223)
  1940-1943, USS Salt Lake City (CA-25)
  1943-1943, NAVSUBASE New London/Groton
  1943-1945, USS Bonefish (SS-223)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Air Strikes on Marcus and Wake Islands
  1942-1942 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Battle of Midway
  1942-1942 Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-42)/Cape Esperance (Second Savo)
  1942-1942 Pacific Air Offensive (1942-45)/Doolittle B-25 Attack on Tokyo
  1942-1942 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Bombardment - Marshall and Gilbert Islands
  1943-1943 Aleutians Islands Campaign (1942-43)/Battle of the Komandorski Islands
  1943-1943 USS BONEFISH (SS-223) 2nd War Patrol
  1944-1944 USS BONEFISH (SS-223) 5th War Patrol
  1944-1944 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Western Caroline Islands Operation
  1944-1944 USS BONEFISH (SS-223) 6th War Patrol
  1944-1944 USS BONEFISH (SS-223) 4th War Patrol
  1944-1944 USS BONEFISH (SS-223) 3rd 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
 Colleges Attended 
United States Naval Academy
  1936-1940, United States Naval Academy
 Other News, Events and Photographs
 
  Jun 06, 1940, Commissioned as Ensign
  Apr 15, 1942, Promoted to Lieutenant Junior Grade
  Oct 01, 1942, Promoted to Lieutenant
  Oct 17, 1944, Promoted to Lieutenant Commander
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WW II Memorial National Registry
  2018, The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor [Verified]
  2018, World War II Fallen
  2018, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
  2018, The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2018, WW II Memorial National Registry
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