Asa, Marion Lee, LTJG

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Last Rank
Lieutenant Junior Grade
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1943-1944, USS Seawolf (SS-197)
Service Years
1942 - 1944
Lieutenant Junior Grade
Lieutenant Junior Grade

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Gardner, IL
Last Address
Belleville, IL

Casualty Date
Oct 03, 1944
Hostile-Body Not Recovered
Other Explosive Device
Pacific Ocean
World War II
Location of Interment
Braceville Gardner Cemetery - Braceville, Illinois
Wall/Plot Coordinates
(memorial marker)

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 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

The USS Seawolf (SS-197) began her last war patrol on 21 September 1944. On 29 September, she reached Manus Island in northern Papua New Guinea and sailed the same day carrying stores and Army personnel to the east coast of Samar. The last contact from her was on 3 October 1944. On 28 December 1944, the Seawolf was announced overdue from patrol and presumed lost. Lieutenant Junior Grade Asa was listed as missing in action and later declared dead on 7 October 1945.

Service number: 223978

Navy Unit Commendation
For outstanding heroism in action against enemy Japanese shipping during her Seventh War Patrol in the Davac Gulf, Palau and Yap areas, from October 7 to December, 1942; her Tenth War Patrol in the East China Sea from August 14 to September 15, 1943 and her Twelfth War Patrol in the East China Sea December 22, 1943 to January 27, 1944. Persistent and daring, the USS Seawolf penetrated the mouths of enemy-held harbors in bold pursuit of hostile shipping. Striking fiercely in the face of severe depth charges, aerial bombs and gun fire, she launched a series of brilliant attacks which destroyed eleven cargo ships and extensively damaged two freighters. After exhausting all torpedoes, the Seawolf tenaciously pursued and demolished by gun fire one enemy ship and turned another back into the attack range of a friendly submarine. Her outstanding performance in combat attests the skill and superb teamwork of her courageous officers and men and reflect the highest credit upon herself and the United States Naval Service.
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 Ribbon Bar
Submarine Officer Badge
Submarine Combat Patrol Badge - 5 Patrols

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
NAVSUBASE New London/GrotonUSS Seawolf (SS-197)
  1943-1943, NAVSUBASE New London/Groton
  1943-1944, USS Seawolf (SS-197)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1944 Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)/Battle of Philippine Sea
  1944-1944 USS Seawolf (SS-197)
 Colleges Attended 
University of Iowa
  1941-1942, University of Iowa
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Nov 12, 1942, Commissioned as Ensign
  Apr 01, 1944, Promoted to Lieutenant Junior Grade
 Military Association Memberships
The National Purple Heart Hall of HonorUnited States Navy Memorial World War II FallenThe National Gold Star Family Registry
WWII 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
  2018, WWII Memorial National Registry
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