DeStoop, Albert Edward, CTM

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Last Rank
Chief Torpedoman
Last Primary NEC
TM-0000-Torpedoman's Mate
Last Rating/NEC Group
Torpedoman's Mate
Primary Unit
1942-1942, TM-0000, USS Grunion (SS-216)
Service Years
1934 - 1942
TM-Torpedoman's Mate
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Revere, Boston, MA
Last Address
34 Glendale St
Revere, Boston, MA
(Father~Albert DeStoop)

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

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 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
The National Gold Star Family RegistryUnited States Navy Memorial World War II FallenWWII Memorial National Registry
  2013, The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2013, United States Navy Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2013, World War II Fallen [Verified]
  2013, WWII Memorial National Registry

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 Ribbon Bar
Submarine Combat Patrol Badge - 2 Patrols

 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1934, Recruit Training (Norfolk, VA), 001
 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
US NavyUSS Borie (DD-215)US NavyUSS R-13 (SS-90)
USS Grunion (SS-216)
  1935-1935, USS Henderson (AP-1)
  1935-1938, TM-0000, USS Borie (DD-215)
  1938-1938, TM-0000, USS Simpson (DD-221)
  1939-1940, TM-0000, USS R-14 (SS-91)
  1940-1940, TM-0000, Torpedo Advanced School
  1940-1942, TM-0000, USS R-13 (SS-90)
  1942-1942, TM-0000, USS Grunion (SS-216)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 World War II
  1942-1942 USS Grunion (SS-216)
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Service Number 201-51-66
  Nov 30, 1938, Re-enlisted
  Feb 07, 1939, Received on USS R-14 for Duty
  Jan 29, 1940, Temporary Duty to Naval Torpedo Station Newport RI for course of instructions in advanced Torpedos
  Apr 29, 1940, Returned from NavTorpSta Newport RI for Duty and Promoted to TM1c
  Jun 11, 1940, Transferred to USS R-13
  Mar 17, 1942, Transferred to Sub Base New London, for CFO USS Grunion
  Apr 11, 1942, Commissioning Crew of USS Grunion SS-216 (sub)
  Jun 22, 1942, Promoted CMT on USS Grunion
  Nov 02, 2019, General Photos1
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

Albert DeStoop was born on August 31, 1916, in Chelsea, Massachusetts. Upon gradualion from Revere High School, he enlisted in the Navy in November 1934 and served on a number of both surface vessels and subs before his assignment to the Gruniuon
April 1942. He and his fianeee, Mary Channell, also from Revere, planned to marry in June 1942, but the sub left before they could  do so.

On September 30, 1942, her parish priest called Mary asking if she had heard from Al lately. She replied that the last letter from Al, sent to her from Pearl Harbob  had anived on July 2. Then the preist told her that a telegram from the Navy announcing that the Grunion was missing in aclion had been received al the DeSloop home on the previous day.

She wrote a heartbreaking letter to Kay Abele in May 1943: "Please, please tell me just what does it mean? Do they know something? Mrs. Abele, you know how I feel. I am not as brave and strong as American women are supposed to be. Yes, I go along. There is nothing else to do. But, I love Al. I am lost without him . ... A year has gone by. I have counted the days. I won't give up hope." 

Mary eventually married and had a son. Her brother William said, "My sister never stopped loving Al." There is a park named after Albert DeSloop in Revere, Massachusells. 
Source: The Book Fatal Dive 

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. 

His Navy Commendation Medal Citation reads:
For meritorious conduct as a member of the crew of the U.S.S. 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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