Banes, Paul Edward, CMoMM

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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
1942-1942, MO-0000, USS Grunion (SS-216)
Service Years
1931 - 1942
MoMM - Motor Machinistmate/Oiler
Two Hash Marks

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Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
East St. Louis, IL
Last Address
1610 1/2 W. 51st St
Los Angeles CA

Casualty Date
Jul 30, 1942
Hostile, Died
Lost At Sea-Unrecovered
Pacific Ocean
World War II
Location of Interment
Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial - Honolulu, Hawaii
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Court 5 (cenotaph)

 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

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

 Ribbon Bar
Submarine Combat Patrol Badge

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
USS Saratoga (CV-3)Submarine School Enlisted BasicUS NavyUSS Grunion (SS-216)
  1931-1933, FA-0000, USS Saratoga (CV-3)
  1933-1934, FN-0000, Submarine School Enlisted Basic
  1937-1940, MM-0000, USS Preston (DD-379)
  1940-1941, MM-0000, USS S-16 (SS-121)
  1942-1942, MO-0000, USS Grunion (SS-216)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 Submarine War Patrols
  1942-1942 Aleutians Islands Campaign (1942-43)/Battle of Dutch Harbor
  1942-1942 Aleutians Islands Campaign (1942-43)/Japanese Occupation of Attu and Kiska
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Service Number
  Jan 10, 1937, Reported USS Preston as MM2c
  May 16, 1939, Promoted to MM1c
  Oct 12, 1940, Transferred to Receiving Station San Diego
  Nov 26, 1940, Transferred to Receiving Station Philadelphia, PA
  Dec 02, 1940, Recommissioned USS S-16
  Jul 05, 1941, Discharged from the Navy
  Jul 07, 1941, Reenlisted on board for 4 Years SS-16
  Nov 27, 1941, Transfer to USS Grunion
  Apr 11, 1942, Commissioning Crew USS Grunion
  May 09, 1942, Change Rating from MM to MoMM
  Jun 22, 1942, Promoted to CMoMM (E-7)
  Aug 02, 1943, Declared Dead
  Jul 30, 2015, General Photos1
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

Paul Banes was born on January 23, 1912, in Webb City, Missouri. Al nineteen, a stenotyper by trade bul with a desire lo travel, he enlisted in the Navy in July 1931, after his widowed mother signed a statement that she was not dependent upon him for support. Banes served al various times on submarines and joined the Grunion on April 11, 1942. 

The "missing-in-action" Western Union telegram sent to his wife, Arvella, proved undeliverable on September 29, 1942, but the American Red Cross located her in Los Angeles. In 1943, Banes's mother;
Nellie Waddell, wrote to Kay Abele: '1 still haven't given up hope. I still up late thinking every time the door bell rings il might be my son coming home."

Source: Fatal Dive: Solving the World War II Mystery of the USS Grunion

The USS Grunion was reported lost on August 16, 1942, after it fired on an enemy destroyer, sank three destroyer-type vessels and attacked enemy ships during its first war patrol, the US Navy said. It still exact mystery of what happen, but something happen that caused the sub to go below crush depht and implode as discoverd in August of 2006 when the sub was discoved in a search for it. 


Navy Commendation Citation 
Letter of For meritorious conduct as a member of the crew of the U.S.S. GRUNION which destroyed three enemy destroyers while engaged in a war patrol in enemy controlled waters. Despite severe and persistent anti-submarine measures resulting from these three successful attacks, the GRUNION was brought safely through the counter attacks and continued an aggressive war patrol. As a member of the crew of the GRUNION, your performance of duty was an important and material contribution to the prosecution of this war. 

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