Frank, Richard Elmer, CPO

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Last Rank
Chief Petty Officer
Last Primary NEC
MO-0000-Motor Machinist/Oiler
Last Rating/NEC Group
Motor Machinistmate/Oiler
Primary Unit
1944-1945, MO-0000, USS Bonefish (SS-223)
Service Years
1941 - 1945
MoMM - Motor Machinistmate/Oiler
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Home State
Illinois
Illinois
Year of Birth
1921
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Canton, IL
Last Address
Providence, RI

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
Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial - Honolulu, Hawaii
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Court 3 (cenotaph)

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 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

The USS Bonefish (SS-223) was on a war patrol in the Sea of Japan with two other submarines. Her last communication was during a rendezvous on June 18, 1945. 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 USS Bonefish. Chief Motor Machinist's Mate Frank was officially declared dead 15 July 1946.
   
Comments/Citation

Service number 03685735

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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Submarine Enlisted Badge
Submarine Combat Patrol Badge - 7 Patrols

 
 Duty Stations
US NavyUSS Arkansas (BB-33)NAVSUBASE New London/GrotonUSS R-13 (SS-90)
USS Bonefish (SS-223)USS Bluefish (SS-222)
  1941-1941, S2c-0000, USS Melville (AD-2)
  1941-1942, MM-0000, USS Arkansas (BB-33)
  1942-1943, MO-0000, NAVSUBASE New London/Groton
  1943-1943, MO-0000, USS R-13 (SS-90)
  1943-1943, MO-0000, NAVSUBASE New London/Groton
  1943-1944, MO-0000, USS Bonefish (SS-223)
  1944-1944, MO-0000, USS Bluefish (SS-222)
  1944-1945, MO-0000, USS Bonefish (SS-223)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1941 Neutrality Operations in the North Atlantic
  1943-1943 USS BONEFISH (SS-223) 2nd War Patrol
  1944-1944 USS BONEFISH (SS-223) 6th War Patrol
  1944-1944 USS BONEFISH (SS-223) 3rd War Patrol
  1944-1944 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Western Caroline Islands Operation
  1944-1944 USS BONEFISH (SS-223) 5th War Patrol
  1945-1945 USS BONEFISH (SS-223) 7th War Patrol
  1945-1945 USS BONEFISH (SS-223) 8th War Patrol
  1945-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Okinawa Gunto Operation
 Other News, Events and Photographs
 
  Nov 01, 1941, Change from S2c to F2c
  Apr 01, 1942, Promoted to F1c
  Oct 28, 1942, Promoted to MM2
  Apr 01, 1945, Promoted to CMoMM
 Military Association Memberships
WW II Memorial National RegistryUnited States Navy Memorial World War II FallenThe National Gold Star Family Registry
The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor
  2013, WW II Memorial National Registry
  2013, United States Navy Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2013, World War II Fallen [Verified]
  2013, The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2018, The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor [Verified]
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