Alexander, Frank Elgin, SM3c

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Last Rank
Signalman 3rd Class
Last Primary Designator/NEC
SM-0000-Signalman
Last Rating/NEC Group
Signalman
Primary Unit
1942-1942, SM-0000, USS Grunion (SS-216)
Service Years
1940 - 1942
SM-Signalman

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Home State
Ohio
Ohio
Year of Birth
1915
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Elyria, OH
Last Address
121 Bell Ave
Elyria, OH
(Father~John H. Alexander)

Casualty Date
Jul 30, 1942
 
Cause
Hostile-Body Not Recovered
Reason
Lost At Sea-Unrecovered
Location
Gulf of Alaska
Conflict
World War II
Location of Interment
Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial - Honolulu, Hawaii
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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 Military Association Memberships
World War II FallenThe National Gold Star Family RegistryUnited States Navy Memorial WW II Memorial National Registry
  1942, World War II Fallen [Verified]
  2017, The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2017, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
  2017, The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2017, WW II Memorial National Registry


 Ribbon Bar

Submarine Enlisted Badge
Submarine Combat Patrol Badge

 
 Duty Stations
US NavyUSS Grunion (SS-216)
  1941-1942, SM-0000, USS O-2 (SS-63)
  1942-1942, SM-0000, USS Grunion (SS-216)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1942 World War II
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
After shakedown out of New London, the Grunion sailed for the Pacific on 24 May. A week later, as she transited the Caribbean Sea for Panama, she rescued 16 survivors of the USAT Jack, which had been torpedoed by the German submarine U-558,[7] and conducted a fruitless search for 13 other survivors presumed to in the vicinity. Arriving at Coco Solo on 3 June, the Grunion landed the survivors and continued to Pearl Harbor, arriving on 20 June.

Departing Hawaii on 30 June after ten days of intensive training, the Grunion touched Midway Island before heading toward the Aleutian Islands for her first war patrol. Her first report, made as she patrolled north of Kiska Island, stated she had been attacked by a Japanese destroyer and had fired torpedoes at her with inconclusive results. She operated off Kiska throughout July and sank two enemy patrol boats as she waited for enemy shipping. On 30 July the submarine reported intensive antisubmarine activity and was ordered back to Dutch Harbor.

The Grunion was never heard from again. Air searches off Kiska were fruitless, and on 5 October the Grunion was reported overdue from patrol and assumed lost with all hands. Her name was stricken from the Naval Vessel Register on 2 November 1942. Captured Japanese records show no antisubmarine attacks in the Kiska area, and the fate of Grunion remained a mystery for 65 years until the discovery in the Bering Sea in August 2007 of a wreck believed to be her. In October 2008, the U.S. Navy verified that the wreck is the Grunion
   
Comments/Citation
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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