Bontier, Albert Marion, CDR

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Last Rank
Commander
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1944-1944, USS Seawolf (SS-197)
Service Years
1931 - 1944
Commander
Commander

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Home State
Kansas
Kansas
Year of Birth
1913
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Caney, KS
Last Address
White Plains, NY

Casualty Date
Oct 03, 1944
 
Cause
Hostile-Body Not Recovered
Reason
Other Explosive Device
Location
Pacific Ocean
Conflict
World War II
Location of Interment
Manila American Cemetery and Memorial - Manila, Philippines
Wall/Plot Coordinates
(cenotaph)

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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. Commander Bontier was listed as missing in action and later declared dead on 7 October 1945.
   
Comments/Citation

Service number: 074825

Silver Star
Awarded for Actions During World War II
Service: Navy
Rank: Lieutenant
Division: U.S.S. Spearfish (SS-190)
General Orders: Commander in Chief, Pacific: Serial 01090 (June 11, 1946)
Citation: The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Lieutenant Albert Marion Bontier (NSN: 0-74825), United States Navy, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action in the performance of his duties as Assistant Approach Officer in the U.S.S. SPEARFISH (SS-190), during the THIRD War Patrol of that Submarine in the Southwest Pacific Area from 27 March 1942 to 20 May 1942. His excellent judgment and thorough knowledge of attack problems assisted his Commanding Officer in conducting attacks which resulted in the sinking of two enemy ships, totaling 10,000 tons. In addition, he assisted considerably in completing a special mission where many military and naval personnel were rescued from an island fortress under constant enemy attack. His coolness and high devotion to duty contributed directly to the success of his vessel in evading severe enemy countermeasures. His conduct throughout was an inspiration to all with whom he served, and was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
   
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 Duty Stations
USS Colorado (BB-45)US NavyUSS Holland (AS-3)NAVSUBASE New London/Groton
USS Spearfish (SS-190)USS Sculpin (SS-191)USS Razorback (SS-394)USS Seawolf (SS-197)
  1935-1936, USS Colorado (BB-45)
  1936-1937, USS Wickes (DD-75)
  1937-1939, USS Blue (DD-387)
  1939-1939, USS Holland (AS-3)
  1939-1940, NAVSUBASE New London/Groton
  1940-1941, USS S-23 (SS-128)
  1941-1942, USS Spearfish (SS-190)
  1943-1943, USS Sculpin (SS-191)
  1943-1943, Submarine Division 22
  1944-1944, USS Razorback (SS-394)
  1944-1944, USS Seawolf (SS-197)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1944 Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)/Battle of Philippine Sea
 Colleges Attended 
United States Naval Academy
  1931-1935, United States Naval Academy
 Other News, Events and Photographs
 
  Jun 06, 1938, Promoted to Lieutenant Junior Grade
  Dec 08, 1941, Promoted to Lieutenant
  May 01, 1943, Promoted to Lieutenant Commander
  Mar 01, 1944, Promoted to Commander
 Military Association Memberships
The National Gold Star Family RegistryWW II Memorial National RegistryThe National Purple Heart Hall of HonorUnited States Navy Memorial
World War II Fallen
  2018, 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
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