Bonin, Robert Alexander, CDR

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Last Rank
Last Primary NEC
112X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Submarine Warfare
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1944-1944, 112X, USS Gudgeon (SS-211)
Service Years
1936 - 1944

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Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Milwaukee, WI
Last Address
Not Specified

Casualty Date
Apr 18, 1944
Hostile, Died while Missing
Lost At Sea-Unrecovered
Pacific Ocean
USS Gudgeon (SS-211)
Location of Interment
Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial - Honolulu, Hawaii
Wall/Plot Coordinates

 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
WW II Memorial National RegistryWorld War II FallenUnited States Navy Memorial The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2015, WW II Memorial National Registry
  2015, World War II Fallen
  2015, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
  2015, The National Gold Star Family Registry

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 Ribbon Bar
Submarine Officer Badge
Submarine Combat Patrol Badge - 7 Patrols

 Duty Stations
USS Grayling (SS-209)USS Gudgeon (SS-211)
  1941-1943, 112X, USS Grayling (SS-209)
  1944-1944, 112X, USS Gudgeon (SS-211)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1944 USS Gudgeon (SS-211)/USS GUDGEON (SS-211) 12th War Patrol
 Colleges Attended 
United States Naval Academy
  1932-1936, United States Naval Academy
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Gudgeon sailed for her 12th war patrol on 4 April 1944. The submarine stopped off for fuel at Johnston Island on 7 April, and was never seen or heard from again. On 7 June 1944, Gudgeon was officially declared overdue and presumed lost. claims Gudgeon was sunk 18 April 1944 at a known location by the Japanese southeast of Iwo Jima. Some sources say the submarine was more likely to have sunk by attack near Maug Islands.

For more detailed and original information about Gudgeon's likely sinking on 18 April 1944, see Find 'Em Chase 'Em Sink 'Em: The Mysterious Loss of the WW II Submarine USS Gudgeon and other "Ostlund" references below.

During her three-year career, Gudgeon scored 14 confirmed kills of a total of well over 71,372 tons sunk, placing her 15th on the honor roll of American submarines.

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 pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Lieutenant Commander Robert Alexander Bonin (NSN: 0-77035), United States Navy, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity as Engineer Officer and later as Executive Officer of the U.S.S. GRAYLING (SS-209), in action against enemy Japanese forces during five of the six hazardous War Patrols completed by that Submarine prior to 4 May 1943. Exercising sound judgment and superior technical knowledge, Lieutenant Commander Bonin rendered invaluable assistance to his ship throughout numerous offensive attacks and courageously supervised his depth-charge station during severe enemy countermeasures, thereby contributing materially to the success of the GRAYLING in sinking five hostile vessels totaling 26,007 tons. The splendid initiative and valiant devotion to duty displayed by Lieutenant Commander Bonin under extremely difficult conditions were an inspiration to his associates and was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

General Orders: Commander 7th Fleet: Serial 0384 (February 21, 1944)
Action Date: 1942 - 1943
Service: Navy
Rank: Lieutenant Commander
Division: U.S.S. Grayling (SS-209)
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