Blaha, Frank, LCDR

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Last Rank
Lieutenant Commander
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1943-1944, USS Escolar (SS-294)
Service Years
1935 - 1944
Lieutenant Commander
Lieutenant Commander

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Dillonville, OH
Last Address
122 Glendora
Long Beach, CA

Casualty Date
Oct 17, 1944
Hostile-Body Not Recovered
Other Explosive Device
Pacific Ocean
World War II
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
M1-127 (memorial marker)

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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. Lieutenant Commander Blaha was listed as Missing in Action and later declared dead on 14 November 1945.

Service number: 082335

Silver Star
Awarded for Actions During World War II
Service: Navy
Rank: Lieutenant
Division: U.S.S. Greenling (SS-213)
General Orders: Commander in Chief Pacific: Serial 29 (February 1, 1943)
Citation: The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Lieutenant Frank Blaha (NSN: 0-82335), United States Navy, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action as Gunnery Officer of the U.S.S. GREENLING (SS-213), during THREE War Patrols of that Submarine in enemy controlled waters during World War II. His calm determination and great ability as Assistant Approach Officer contributed directly to the success of his submarine in the destruction of 61,800 tons of enemy shipping. While under gunfire from enemy surface craft, he courageously and coolly directed the gunfire of his ship from an exposed position, thereby causing damage to the enemy. His performance of duty was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
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Submarine Officer Badge
Submarine Combat Patrol Badge

 Duty Stations/ Advancement Schools
US NavyNAVSUBASE New London/GrotonUSS Greenling (SS-213)USS Escolar (SS-294)
  1939-1940, USS Upshur (DD-144)
  1940-1941, NAVSUBASE New London/Groton
  1941-1942, USS 0-8 (SS-69)
  1942-1943, USS Greenling (SS-213)
  1943-1944, USS Escolar (SS-294)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Battle of Midway
  1942-1942 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Makin Raid
  1944-1944 USS ESCOLAR (SS-294) 1st War Patrol
 Colleges Attended 
United States Naval Academy
  1935-1939, United States Naval Academy
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Jan 06, 1942, Promoted to Lieutenant Junior Grade
  Jun 15, 1942, Promoted to Lieutenant
  Mar 15, 1944, Promoted to Lieutenant Commander
 Military Association Memberships
WW II Memorial National RegistryThe National Purple Heart Hall of HonorUnited States Navy Memorial World War II Fallen
  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
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