Bourland, Joseph Hunt, LCDR

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Last Rank
Lieutenant Commander
Last Primary NEC
112X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Submarine Warfare
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1942-1943, 112X, USS Runner (SS-275)
Service Years
1933 - 1943
Lieutenant Commander
Lieutenant Commander

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Clarendon, TX
Last Address
Bremerton, WA

Casualty Date
Jul 11, 1943
Hostile, Died while Missing
Lost At Sea-Unrecovered
USS Runner (SS-275)
Location of Interment
Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial - Honolulu, Hawaii
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Court 5 (Cenotaph)

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USS Runner (SS-275)
  1942-1943, 112X, USS Runner (SS-275)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1943 Submarine War Patrols
  1943-1943 World War II
  1943-1943 USS Runner (SS-275)
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United States Naval Academy
  1929-1933, United States Naval Academy3
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  U.S. WWII Military Personnel Missing In Action or Lost At Sea, 1941-1946
  Commanding Officer of the USS Runner
  May 27, 1943, bourland
  Aug 19, 2013, General Photos1
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
On 28 May 1943 on the USS Runner, with commanding officer Lieutenant Commander J.H. Bourland left Midway to proceed to Latitude 48°-30'N, Longitude 154°E and begin her third patrol. She was to patrol south and west from this spot, until she came into the area south of Hokkaido and east of the northern tip of Honshu, where she was to patrol from about 8 June to 4 July 1943. The submarine was never heard from following her departure from Midway. 

She was expected at Midway about 11 July, and not later than 15 July, and should have made a transmission when approximately 500 miles from this base. She was ordered on 11 July to make an immediate transmission, but no reply came. Although a careful lookout was maintained in the hope that Runner was safe but without transmission facilities, results were negative. On 20 July Runner was reported as presumed lost.

A summary of Japanese antisubmarine attacks received since the close of hostilities contains no mention of an attack which could explain the loss of Runner. Thus her loss must be ascribed to an enemy mine-field, of which there were at least four in the area to which she was assigned, to an operational casualty, or to an unreported enemy attack. Destruction by a mine is considered the most likely of these possibilities.

Delared Missing July, 11 1943 
Decalred Dead January 2, 1946

Name of Award
Silver Star

Year Awarded
Details behind Award:
Awarded for actions during the World War II

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Lieutenant Commander Joseph Hunt Bourland (NSN: 0-72277), United States Navy, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action as Assistant Approach Officer on board the U.S.S. RUNNER (SS-275), during the FIRST War Patrol of that vessel against enemy Japanese surface forces in the Toegel Mlungui Passage, Palau, from 18 January to 7 March 1945. Skilled and courageous in the performance of duty, Lieutenant Commander Bourland rendered invaluable service during the execution of a daylight, submerged attack in restricted waters, contributing materially to the achievement of the RUNNER in sinking three Japanese freighters totaling 19,815 tons and the damaging of two additional ships totaling 14, 189 tons and to her success in evading severe enemy countermeasures. Lieutenant Commander Bourland's heroic conduct throughout was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

General Orders: Submarine Force Board Awards: Serial 0443 (July 16, 1945)
Action Date: January 18 - March 7, 1945
Service: Navy
Rank: Lieutenant Commander
Company: Assistant Approach Officer
Division: U.S.S. Runner (SS-275)
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