Pierard, Frank Charles, GMC

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Last Rank
Chief Petty Officer
Last Primary NEC
GM-0000-Gunner's Mate
Last Rating/NEC Group
Gunner's Mate
Primary Unit
1915-1915, GM-0000, USS F-4 (SS-23)
Service Years
- 1915
GM-Gunner's Mate

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Casualty Info
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Last Address
US Submarine F-4 (Skate, No.23)

Casualty Date
Mar 25, 1915
 
Cause
Non Hostile- Died Other Causes
Reason
Drowned, Suffocated
Location
Pacific Ocean
Conflict
Not Specified
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Sec: 2, Site: 3387

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  1915-1915, GM-0000, USS F-4 (SS-23)
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When the United States submarine F-4 submerged two miles off Honolulu Harbor for a trial cruise on the morning of March 25, 1915 bearing with her a crew of 21 men, another of the tragedies of American history took place. All 21 crew members perished. The submarine sank in 300 feet of water and recovery efforts were not successful until mid August. Only four bodies were identified and returned to their families for burial. The remaining 17 were buried here at Arlington National Cemetery on September 28, 1915. The grave was marked only by a small single size headstone inscribed "Seventeen Unknown US Sailors, Victims of USSF-4, March 25, 1915." After 85 years, through efforts of several submariner veterans groups, the small stone was replaced by a larger memorial type stone that lists the names of the 17 sailors buried here.

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