Van Roosen, Hugh Collett, LTJG

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Last Rank
Lieutenant Junior Grade
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1942-1943, USS Triton (SS-201)
Service Years
1938 - 1943
Lieutenant Junior Grade
Lieutenant Junior Grade

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Boston, MA
Last Address
Boston, MA

Casualty Date
Mar 15, 1943
Hostile-Body Not Recovered
Other Explosive Device
Pacific Ocean
World War II
Location of Interment
Manila American Cemetery and Memorial - Manila, Philippines
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Last Known Activity

USS Triton (SS-201) began her final war patrol on 16 February 1943. After a series of Successful attacks early in March, she reported attacking a convoy on 15 March and was being depth charged. This was the last communication from the Triton. Post- war examination of Japanese records indicates that they had sunk a submarine slightly northwest of Triton's reported position. Lieutenant Junior Grade Van Roosen was listed as Missing in Action and later declared dead 9 April 1944.

Silver Star
General Orders: American Battle Monuments Commission
Action Date: World War II
Service: Navy
Division: United States Navy Submarine (SS)
(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Lieutenant, Junior Grade Hugh C. Van Roosen (NSN: 0-123335), United States Navy, was awarded the Silver Star for gallantry in action while serving aboard a United States Submarine during war patrols in enemy-controlled waters during World War II. 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 and Marine Corps Medal
General Orders: Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 316 (July 1943)
Action Date: 1942
Service: Navy
Rank: Lieutenant Junior Grade
Division: United States Submarine
The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy and Marine Corps Medal to Lieutenant, Junior Grade Hugh C. Van Roosen (NSN: 0-123335), United States Navy, for heroic conduct as Officer-of-the-Deck of a United States submarine during a highly successful war patrol during World War II. He displayed resourcefulness and initiative in conning his vessel to a favorable position which enabled it to deliver a fatal attack upon a 1,635-ton enemy submarine, which Lieutenant, Junior Grade Van Roosen had sighted.
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Submarine Officer Badge
Submarine Combat Patrol Badge - 4 Patrols

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
US NavyUSS Triton (SS-201)
  1941-1942, USS Nevada (BB-36)
  1942-1943, USS Triton (SS-201)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1943 USS Triton (SS-201)
 Colleges Attended 
United States Naval Academy
  1938-1941, United States Naval Academy
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Dec 19, 1941, Commissioned as Ensign
  Oct 01, 1942, Promoted to Lieutenant Junior Grade
 Military Association Memberships
The National Purple Heart Hall of HonorUnited States Navy Memorial World War II FallenThe National Gold Star Family Registry
WWII Memorial National Registry
  2018, The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor [Verified]
  2018, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
  2018, World War II Fallen
  2018, The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2018, WWII Memorial National Registry
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