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Home Town Miami, FL
Last Address Southern Pines, NC
Casualty Date Jun 18, 1945
Cause Hostile-Body Not Recovered
Reason Other Explosive Device
Location Sea of Japan
Conflict World War II
Location of Interment Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates ME 25 (memorial marker)
Last Known Activity
LCDR Knight was the Executive Officer of the USS Bonefish (SS-223).
USS Bonefish was on a war patrol in the Sea of Japan with two other submarines. Her last communication was during a rendezvous on June 18th. Captured Japanese records indicate that a Japanese vessel was sunk on June 19th and that during an intense counterattack a submarine was sunk with all hands. It is presumed that this was the Bonefish. Lieutenant Commander Knight was officially declared dead 15 July 1946.
Service number: 085289
Awarded for Actions During World War II
Division: U.S.S. Bonefish (SS-223)
General Orders: Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 368 (October 1947)
Citation: (Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Lieutenant Commander Fraser S. Knight (NSN: 0-85289), United States Navy, was awarded the Silver Star (Posthumously) for gallantry in action as Assistant Approach Officer of the U.S.S. BONEFISH (SS-223), during the SIXTH War Patrol of that vessel in enemy Japanese controlled waters of the Pacific, from 5 September to 8 November 19445. Lieutenant Commander Knight materially assisted his commanding officer in sinking three enemy ships totaling 22,000 tons and damaged two additional vessels totaling 8.900 tons. His gallant actions and dedicated devotion to duty, without regard for his own life, were in keeping with the highest traditions of military service and reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Naval Service.
Navy Unit Commendation
For outstanding heroism in action during the First, Third, Fourth, Fifth and Sixth War Patrols in enemy Japanese-controlled areas of the Pacific. Harassed continually and several times bombed by watchful and aggressive enemy aircraft, the USS Bonefish boldly penetrated the most forward combat areas to effect wide coverage of her assigned sectors and strike fiercely at important Japanese surface targets. Consistently ready for combat under the superb handling of her gallant officers and men, she defied heavy escort screens; she developed her contacts with determined aggressiveness and launched gunfire and torpedo attacks despite the severest hostile countermeasures to sink or damage many ships vital to the enemy's continued persecution of the war. In addition to her valiant combat achievements, the Bonefish rendered splendid lifeguard services during air strikes against hostile territory, effecting the rescue of two friendly pilots. Her outstanding record of success under the hazards and difficulties of prolonged patrols reflects the highest credit upon the Bonefish, her courageous, fighting ship's company and the United States Naval Service.
USS Bonefish (SS-223), was a Gato class submarine:
The namesake of the USS Bonefish (SS-223) is a fish of the Florida Keys and southern California. The bonefish has bright silvery sides with faint dark stripes and often reaches a weight of about fifteen pounds.
. Keel Laid, 25 June 1942, at Electric Boat Co., Groton, CT.
Launched, 7 March 1943
Commissioned, USS Bonefish (SS-223), 31 May 1943
Final Disposition: SUNK - JUNE 18, 1945 while on 8th patrol, by Japanese warship, in Toyama Wan, west coast of Honshu, all hands lost.
Bonefish received five Navy Unit Commendations and seven battle stars during World War II.
CDR Thomas Wesley Hogan 05/31/1943 - 06/13/1944
CDR Lawrence Lott Edge 06/13/1944 - 06/18/1945
LCDR Guy Edward O'Neil 05/31/1943 - 01/12/1944
LT Leon Stuart Eubanks 01/12/1944 - 08/27/1944
LT/LCDR Frasier Sinclair Knight 08/27/1944 - 06/18/1945
Chief of the Boat (COB):
TMC Eugene Freaner, 05/31/1943 - 01/12/1944
MoMMC G. M. Fuller 01/12/1944 - 06/18/1945
Radio call sign: Nan - Baker - King - Fox
Surfaced: 1,526 tons
Submerged: 2,424 tons
Length 311' 9"
Beam 27' 3"
Draft 15' 3"
Surfaced 20.25 kts
Submerged 8.75 kts
Complement 6 Officers 54 Enlisted
Operating Depth, 300 ft
Submerged Endurance, 48 hrs at 2 kts
Patrol Endurance 75 days
Cruising Range, 11,000 miles surfaced at 10 kts
Ten 21" torpedo tubes, six forward, four aft
One 3"/50 deck gun
Two .50 cal. machine guns
Two .30 cal. machine guns
Propulsion, diesel electric reduction gear with four General Motors main generator engines, HP 5400, Four General Electric main motors, HP 2740, two 126-cell main storage batteries, twin propellers.
Fuel Capacity, 97,140 gals.