Gilkeson, John Frederick, LTJG

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Last Rank
Lieutenant Junior Grade
Last Primary NEC
112X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Submarine Warfare
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1944-1944, USS Albacore (SS-218)
Service Years
1943 - 1944
Lieutenant Junior Grade
Lieutenant Junior Grade

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Home State
Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania
Year of Birth
1921
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Merion Station
Last Address
Not Specified

Casualty Date
Nov 07, 1944
 
Cause
Hostile-Body Not Recovered
Reason
Lost At Sea-Unrecovered
Location
Pacific Ocean
Conflict
USS Albacore (SS-218)
Location of Interment
Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial - Honolulu, Hawaii
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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 Military Association Memberships
Military Order of Foreign Wars of the United StatesMilitary Order of the Purple HeartSubmarine Veterans of WW IIMilitary Order of the World Wars (MOWW)
  1941, Military Order of Foreign Wars of the United States [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  1944, Military Order of the Purple Heart - Assoc. Page
  1944, Submarine Veterans of WW II
  1945, Military Order of the World Wars (MOWW)

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 Ribbon Bar
Submarine Officer Badge
Submarine Combat Patrol Badge

 
 Duty Stations
USS Albacore (SS-218)
  1944-1944, USS Albacore (SS-218)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1945 Submarine War Patrols
  1941-1945 Submarine War Patrols
  1944-1944 USS Albacore (SS-218)
 Colleges Attended 
Bucknell University
  1939-1943, Bucknell University1
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Loss

Albacore left Pearl Harbor on 24 October 1944 (with Hugh Raynor Rimmer, Class of 1937,[11] in command), topped off her fuel tanks at Midway Island on 28 October, and was never heard from again. According to Japanese records captured after the war, a submarine (presumed to be Albacore) struck a naval mine very close to the shore off northeastern Hokkaidô on 7 November 1944. A Japanese patrol boat witnessed the explosion of a submerged submarine and saw a great deal of heavy oil, cork, bedding, and food supplies rise to the surface. On 21 December, Albacore was presumed lost. Her name was stricken from the Naval Vessel Register on 30 March 1945.

 

Albacore won nine battle stars for her service and the Presidential Unit Citation for her second, third, eighth, and ninth patrols during World War II.

   
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