Dighton, Samuel Reed, Jr., LT

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Primary Unit
1941-1942, USS Grunion (SS-216)
Service Years
1940 - 1942

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Savannah, GA
Last Address
Sanford, FL
(Mother~Florence W Dighton)

Casualty Date
Jul 30, 1942
Hostile-Body Not Recovered
Lost At Sea-Unrecovered
Gulf of Alaska
World War II
Location of Interment
Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial - Honolulu, Hawaii
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Court 5 (Cenotaph)

 Official Badges 

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 Military Association Memberships
World War II FallenWW II Memorial National RegistryThe National Gold Star Family RegistryUnited States Navy Memorial
  1942, World War II Fallen [Verified]
  2019, WW II Memorial National Registry
  2019, The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2019, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page

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 Ribbon Bar
Submarine Officer Badge
Submarine Combat Patrol Badge

 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1941, Reserve Recruit Training (New London, CT)
 Duty Stations
US NavyUSS Grunion (SS-216)
  1940-1940, USS New York (BB-34)
  1941-1942, USS Grunion (SS-216)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1942 World War II
  1942-1942 USS Grunion (SS-216)
 Colleges Attended 
University of AlabamaNorthwest University
  1935-1939, University of Alabama
  1940-1941, Northwest University
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Memorial Headstone at Arlington National Cemetery1
  Service Number 0-098094
  Jun 15, 1942, Promoted to Lieutenant Junior Grade
  Aug 02, 1943, Declared Dead
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
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. 
The Navy Commendation Citation reads:
For meritorious conduct as First Lieutenant 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 First Lieutenant of the GRUNION, your performance of duty was an important and material contribution to the prosecution of this war.
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