Kornahrens, William Gregory, LT

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Last Rank
Last Primary NEC
00X-Unknown NOC/Designator
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1942-1942, 00X, USS Grunion (SS-216)
Service Years
1939 - 1942

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Lewiston, ME
Last Address
21 Roselind RD
Poughkeepsie, NY
(Wife~Gertrude Trip Kornahrens)

Casualty Date
Jul 30, 1942
Hostile-Body Not Recovered
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 3 (Cenotaph)

 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
World War II FallenUnited States Navy Memorial The National Gold Star Family RegistryWWII Memorial National Registry
  1942, World War II Fallen
  2012, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
  2018, The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2018, The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2020, WWII Memorial National Registry
  2020, WWII Memorial National Registry

 Ribbon Bar
Submarine Officer Badge
Submarine Combat Patrol Badge - 2 Patrols

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
US NavySubmarine School Officers Basic CourseUSS Grunion (SS-216)
  1939-1941, 00X, USS Trenton (CL-11)
  1941-1941, Submarine School Officers Basic Course
  1941-1942, 00X, USS O-6 (SS-67)
  1942-1942, 00X, USS Grunion (SS-216)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 USS Grunion (SS-216)
 Colleges Attended 
United States Naval Academy
  1934-1939, United States Naval Academy
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Jun 01, 1939, Commissioned Ensign
  Apr 11, 1942, Commissioning Crew of USS Grunion SS-216 (sub)
  Jan 28, 2020, General Photos
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

William Kornahrens was born on February 12, 1916, in Brooklyn, New York. He entered the U.S. Naval Academy on June 12, 1934, and was commissioned an Ensign in the U.S. Navy on June 1, 1939. Ens Kornahrens next served aboard the light cruiser USS Trenton (CL-11) from June 1939 to February 1941, followed by Submarine School at Submarine Base New London, Connecticut, from April to June 1941. He then served aboard the submarine USS O-6 (SS-67) from July 1941 to February 1942. Lt Kornahrens joined the crew of the USS Grunion (SS-216) during her fitting out in February 1942, and remained aboard through her commissioning in April 1942. 

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 an exact mystery of what happened, but something happened that caused the sub to go below crush depth and implode as discovered in August of 2006 when the sub was discovered in a search for it. 

Navy Commendation Citation 
Letter of 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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