Bedard, Leo Joseph Isaie, 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
1928 - 1942
MoMM - Motor Machinistmate/Oiler
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Home Town
Fitchburg, MA
Last Address
43 Merchants Ave
Taftville MA
(Wife~ Lillian Bedard)

Casualty Date
Jul 30, 1942
Hostile, Died
Drowned, Suffocated
USS Grunion (SS-216)
Location of Interment
Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial - Honolulu, Hawaii
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Court 5

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Last Known Activity

The submarine Grunion arrived at Pearl Harbor on 20 June 1942, reporting for duty from the west coast. This vessel engaged in the pre-patrol training given to all submarines reporting from new construction yards, and on 30 June, left for patrol.

Lieutenant Commander Mannert L. Abele, in command, was ordered to proceed to the Aleutian theater and patrol westward from Attu on routes between the Aleutians and the Japanese Empire. On 10 July Grunion was reassigned to the area north of Kiska. Grunion made her first report on 15 July: Dutch Harbor received her message that, attacked by an enemy destroyer, she had fired three torpedoes at it, and missed with all.

Shortly after this message was received Grunion sent another relating that she had sunk three destroyer-type vessels on 15 July. This message was garbled to the extent that details of the attacks were never learned (Japanese information reveals that Grunion sank patrol boats 25 and 27 and damaged a third patrol vessel). On 19 July Grunion, S-32Triton and Tuna were assigned areas in the approaches to Kiska, all to be there by daylight 22 July.

There was a strong concentration of enemy vessels at Kiska, this time being only a month and a half after the enemy had taken that island. The vessels patrolling there were told to watch particularly on the afternoon of 22 July 1942 for departing enemy naval vessels, since our own surface forces were scheduled to bombard Kiska that afternoon. The bombardment did not take place in accordance with the original plans, but our forces did stage the operation on 28 July and Grunion was told to guard the exits from Kiska during darkness on this date. On this day Grunion reported an attack on unidentified enemy ships six miles southeast of Sirius Point, Kiska. She had fired two torpedoes, made no hits, and been depth charged, but sustained no damage.

Grunion's last transmission was received 30 July 1942. She reported heavy antisubmarine activity at the entrance to Kiska, and that she had ten torpedoes remaining. On the same day, Grunion was directed to return to Dutch Harbor. She was not contacted or sighted after 30 July, despite every effort to do so, and on 16 August was reported lost. Planes observing the approaches to Kiska for indications of enemy salvage operations in connection with Grunion reported negatively. 

Source : US Naval History Command

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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1928, Recruit Training (Newport, RI)
 Duty Stations/ Advancement Schools
US NavyUS NavyUSS Holland (AS-3)USS Narwhal (SS-167)
Electric Boat Company (submarine pre-commission)USS Cuttlefish (SS-171)USS Nautilus (SS-168)USS Permit (SS-178)
USS Grunion (SS-216)
  1929-1929, F3c-0000, Naval Torpedo Station, Newport RI
  1929-1929, F3c-0000, Hampton
  1929-1930, F3c-0000, Naval Submarine School, Groton, CT
  1930-1932, F1c-0000, USS S-13 (SS-118)
  1932-1932, F1c-0000, USS Holland (AS-3)
  1932-1933, F1c-0000, USS Narwhal (SS-167)
  1933-1934, F1c-0000, Electric Boat Company (submarine pre-commission)
  1934-1935, F1c-0000, USS Cuttlefish (SS-171)
  1935-1937, MM-0000, USS Nautilus (SS-168)
  1937-1937, MM-0000, Electric Boat Company (submarine pre-commission)
  1937-1941, MM-0000, USS Permit (SS-178)
  1941-1942, MM-0000, Broken Service
  1942-1942, MM-0000, Electric Boat Company (submarine pre-commission)
  1942-1942, MO-0000, USS Grunion (SS-216)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 Submarine War Patrols
  1942-1942 USS Grunion (SS-216)
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Oct 02, 1928, Service Entry Date and Number 206 99 05
  Oct 11, 1934, Re-enlisted
  Mar 17, 1937, Received on USS Permit SS-178
  Oct 16, 1939, Promoted MM1c on USS Permit SS-178
  Sep 16, 1941, Transferred to USS Canopus for further transfer (FFT) Receiving Station Cavite PI for FFT FAGTRANS
  Sep 17, 1941, Received Naval Receiving Station Cavite Philippines
  Oct 01, 1941, Transferred from from Receiving Station Cavite to USS Guadalupe FFT US
  Oct 02, 1941, Received on USS Phoenix For Further Transfer to United States for Duty
  Oct 18, 1941, Transferred to Naval Receiving Station Pearl Harbor FFT to US
  Oct 21, 1941, Received on USS Oglala FFT to Mainland for Disposition
  Oct 30, 1941, Transferred to Naval Receiving Station San Francisco CA for Duty
  Jan 19, 1942, Re-enlisted
  Apr 11, 1942, Commissioning Crew of USS Grunion SS-216 (sub) at New London CT
  May 01, 1942, Promoted to Chief Petty Office (MoMM1c1
  Aug 19, 2019, General Photos1
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World War II FallenWW II Memorial National RegistryThe National Gold Star Family RegistryUnited States Navy Memorial
  2015, World War II Fallen
  2019, WW II Memorial National Registry
  2019, The National Gold Star Family Registry
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