Arvan, Herbert Joseph, Matt2c

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Last Rank
Mess Attendant 2nd Class
Last Primary NEC
MATT-0000-Mess Attendant
Last Rating/NEC Group
Mess Attendant
Primary Unit
1942-1942, MATT-0000, USS Grunion (SS-216)
Service Years
1941 - 1942
Mess Attendant 2nd Class

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Casualty Info
Home Town
New Iberia, LA
Last Address
DeQuincey, LA

Casualty Date
Jul 30, 1942
Hostile-Body Not Recovered
Other Explosive Device
Pacific Ocean
World War II
Location of Interment
Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial - Honolulu, Hawaii
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Court 5 (cenotaph)

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Departing Hawaii on 30 June 1942 after ten days of intensive training, the USS Grunion (SS-216) 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.

Matt2c Arvan was a member of the crew of the USS Grunion when she went missing.

Service number: 6441053
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USS O-4 (SS-65)

Pennington, Beryl Loyd, CPO, (1931-1944) MO MO-0000 Chief Petty Officer
Pennington, Beryl Loyd, CPO, (1931-1944) MO MO-0000 Chief Petty Officer
Burns, Richard Brammall, CPO, (1939-1945) TM TM-0000 Torpedoman 2nd Class
Lyons, William Clarence, PO2, (1942-1944) MO MO-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Odom, Ralph, CPO, (1940-1945) EM EM-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Odom Jr., Ralph EM EM-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Buczek, Kadzmir Joseph, PO2, (1942-1945) TM TM-0000 Torpedoman 3rd Class
Simon, Harry, PO1, (1938-1943) GM GM-00TM Petty Officer Third Class
Edge, Lawrence Lott, CDR, (1931-1945) OFF Lieutenant
Marshall, Elliott Eugene, CDR, (1927-1943) OFF Lieutenant

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