Doell, Louis Henry, Jr., RM2c

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Last Rank
Petty Officer Second Class
Last Primary NEC
Last Rating/NEC Group
Primary Unit
1942-1942, RM-2304, USS Grunion (SS-216)
Service Years
1939 - 1942

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Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Cincinnati, OH
Last Address
1851 Walker St
Cincinnati, OH
(Wife~Evelyn E Doell)

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 WW II Memorial National RegistryThe National Gold Star Family Registry
  1942, World War II Fallen [Verified]
  2012, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
  2013, WW II Memorial National Registry
  2013, The National Gold Star Family Registry

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 Ribbon Bar
Submarine Combat Patrol Badge

 Duty Stations/ Advancement Schools
US NavySubmarine School Enlisted BasicUSS Grunion (SS-216)
  1939-1940, S1c-0000, USS Mason (DD-191)
  1940-1941, RM-0000, USS Altair (AD-11)
  1941-1941, RM-0000, Submarine School Enlisted Basic
  1942-1942, RM-2304, USS Grunion (SS-216)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  1942-1942 World War II
  1942-1942 USS Grunion (SS-216)
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Feb 08, 1939, Service Entry Date and Number 279 59 50
  Oct 25, 1939, Received at Receiving Station Philadelphia. PA from Naval Training Station NOB Norfolk, VA
  Dec 04, 1939, Recommissioning Crew of USS Mason DD-191
  May 07, 1940, Transferred to Sub Base New London CT for course of instruction
  May 18, 1940, Received on USS Humphreys For Fleet Transfer to USS Mason
  Jun 13, 1940, Returned from Sound School in New London Ct to USS Mason
  Aug 02, 1940, Transferred to USS Woodcock For Fleet transfer to USS Wells for Duty
  Aug 13, 1940, Received on USS Wells for duty
  Oct 11, 1940, Transferred to USS Altair from USS Oklahoma
  Oct 12, 1940, Received on USS Saratoga Via USS Oklahoma
  Oct 19, 1940, Transferred to USS Altair
  Oct 09, 1941, Extended Enlistment for Full 2 Years
  Oct 13, 1941, Transferred to Sub Base New London, for Course of Instruction for Submarine School
  Apr 11, 1942, Commissioning Crew of USS Grunion SS-216 (sub)
  Nov 17, 2019, General Photos
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

Louis Doell was born Louis H. Fossett on August 15, 1921, having taken his step-father's name when he was 3 years old. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy on February 8, 1939, and completed basic training at NTS Norfolk, Virginia, in March 1939. After graduating from Communication School at Norfolk, Sea2c Doell served at the Navy Yard at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, from October to December 1939, followed by service aboard the destroyer USS Mason (DD-191) from December 1939 to May 1940. He next completed Sound School and then served aboard the destroyer tender USS Altair (AD-11) from October 1940 to October 1941. RM3c Doell attended Submarine Training at Submarine Base New London, Connecticut, from November 1941 to February 1942, and then transferred to the submarine USS Grunion (SS-216) during her fitting out in February 1942, through her commissioning in April 1942, and until he was killed in action during a confrontation with the armed Japanese freighter Kano Maru on July 30, 1942. On August 22, 2007, a search team organized by the three sons of CDR Mannert Abele (the Captain of the Grunion when she was sunk) used a remotely operated vehicle to find a sunken vessel 3,000 feet down in the Bering Sea north of Kiska Island at the tip of the Aleutian Islands. On October 1, 2008, the U.S. Navy announced that the sunken vessel is the World War II submarine USS Grunion (SS-216). 
Source: Veteran's Tributes 


Navy Commendation Medal Citation reads: 

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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