Bonk, Benjamin Wallace, S1c

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Last Rank
Seaman 1st Class
Last Primary NEC
S1c-0000-Seaman 1st Class
Last Rating/NEC Group
Seaman First Class
Primary Unit
1944-1944, S1c-0000, USS Escolar (SS-294)
Service Years
1943 - 1944
Seaman 1st Class

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Home State
New Jersey
New Jersey
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Camden, NJ
Last Address
5059 Russell Ave
Pennsauken, NJ

Casualty Date
Oct 17, 1944
Hostile-Body Not Recovered
Other Explosive Device
Pacific Ocean
World War II
Location of Interment
Manila American Cemetery and Memorial - Manila, Philippines
Wall/Plot Coordinates

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Last Known Activity

The USS Escolar (SS-294) set out on her first war patrol on 18 September 1944. On 30 September she reported attacking a small surface ship. Her last communication was on 17 October 1944. There are no records to indicate she was attacked and it has been presumed that she struck a mine and sunk. Seaman 1st Class Bonk was listed as Missing in Action and later declared dead on 14 November 1945.

Service number: 8264807
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Submarine Combat Patrol Badge

 Duty Stations
NAVSUBASE New London/GrotonUS NavyUSS Escolar (SS-294)
  1943-1944, S2c-0000, NAVSUBASE New London/Groton
  1944-1944, S2c-0000, USS R-14 (SS-91)
  1944-1944, S2c-0000, NAVSUBASE New London/Groton
  1944-1944, S1c-0000, USS Escolar (SS-294)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1944 USS ESCOLAR (SS-294) 1st War Patrol
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Loss of the USS Escolar (SS-294)2
  Jun 24, 1944, Promoted to S1c
 Military Association Memberships
WW II Memorial National RegistryThe National Purple Heart Hall of HonorUnited States Navy Memorial World War II Fallen
The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2018, WW II 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
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