Alston, Augustus Howard, Jr., LCDR

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Last Rank
Lieutenant Commander
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1942-1943, USS Pickerel (SS-177)
Service Years
1931 - 1943
Lieutenant Commander
Lieutenant Commander

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Home State
South Carolina
South Carolina
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Charleston, SC
Last Address
1515 Wrightsboro Rd
Augusta, GA

Casualty Date
Apr 03, 1943
Hostile, Died while Missing
Other Explosive Device
Pacific Ocean
USS Pickerell (SS-177)
Location of Interment
Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial - Honolulu, Hawaii
Wall/Plot Coordinates

 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
World War II FallenUnited States Navy Memorial The National Gold Star Family RegistryWW II Memorial National Registry
  1943, World War II Fallen [Verified]
  2016, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
  2016, The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2016, WW II Memorial National Registry

 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
CDR Augustus Alston served as the commander of the USS Pickerel (SS-177) during WWII. from October 8 1942 until its loss in April 1943 during tha last two of seven patrols during the War. Muster reports show that he was onboard and promoted to a Lieutenant Commander  (LCDR ) on June 15, 1942. (There are only 2 Muster reports availble for the USS Pickerel)

He had previously served on the Pickerel as a Lt then LCDR. in 1942, assuming command on 8 October 1942 as a LCDR from LCDR Barton E. Bacon, Jr. as stated on the Oct 31, 1942 USS Pickerel Muster Report. 

His service began in 1927 when he first appears as a Naval Midshipman at the U.S. Naval Academy. His Class of 1931 was the first class to be authorized by Congress to confer a bachelor of science degree to its graduates, followed by all living graduates in 1939.

He and his crew were lost while on the ship's 7th patrol off the coast of Honshu, Japan, most likely due to depth charge attack on his ship with the loss of 74 officers and men.

"It is possible that she was lost on 3 April, 1943, off the Shiranuka Lighthouse, on the northern tip of Honshu by an attack by the Japanese minelayer Shirakami and the auxiliary subchaser Bunzan Maru." The ship last refueled at Midway on 22 March and was overdue for a return to Midway on 12 May 1943.
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Submarine Officer Badge
Submarine Combat Patrol Badge - 3 Patrols

 Duty Stations
Supervisor of Shipbuilding Conversion and Repair (SUPSHIP)USS Pickerel (SS-177)
  1939-1940, 112X, Supervisor of Shipbuilding Conversion and Repair (SUPSHIP)/Groton
  1942-1943, USS Pickerel (SS-177)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1945 World War II
  1941-1945 Submarine War Patrols
  1942-1942 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  1943-1943 USS Pickerell (SS-177)
 Colleges Attended 
United States Naval Academy
  1927-1931, United States Naval Academy2
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Jun 15, 1942, Promoted to Lieutenant Commander (Temporarily)
  Oct 08, 1942, Assumed Command of the USS Pickerel SS-177
  Apr 03, 2014, General Photos1
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