Blinston, Wesley Hope, RM3c

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Last Rank
Petty Officer Third Class
Last Primary NEC
RM-2304-Morse Code Operator
Last Rating/NEC Group
Radioman
Primary Unit
1942-1942, RM-2304, USS Grunion (SS-216)
Service Years
1941 - 1942
RM-Radioman

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Home State
Montana
Montana
Year of Birth
1918
 
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Home Town
Ryegate, MT
Last Address
9 Alderson Ave
Billings, MT
(Mother~Sophie H Blinston)

Casualty Date
Jul 30, 1942
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Lost At Sea-Unrecovered
Location
Gulf of Alaska
Conflict
USS Grunion (SS-216)
Location of Interment
Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial - Honolulu, Hawaii
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Court 5 (Cenotaph)

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  1942-1942, RM-2304, USS Grunion (SS-216)

RM-Radioman

From Month/Year
March / 1942

To Month/Year
July / 1942

Unit
USS Grunion (SS-216) Unit Page

Rank
Petty Officer Third Class

NEC
RM-2304-Morse Code Operator

Location
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USS Grunion (SS-216)
                                    Hull number SS-216

USS Grunion (SS-216) was a Gato-class submarine that was sunk at Kiska, Alaska, during World War II. She was the only ship of the United States Navy to be named for the grunion, a small fish of the silversides family, indigenous to the western American coast.


Her keel was laid down by the Electric Boat Company inGroton, Connecticut on 1 March 1941. She was launchedon 22 December 1941, (sponsored by Mrs. Stanford C. Hooper, wife of Rear Admiral Hooper), and commissionedon 11 April 1942 with Lieutenant Commander (Lt. Cmdr.)Mannert L. Abele, USNA class of 1926 in command.


After shakedown out of New London, Grunion sailed for the Pacific on 24 May. A week later, as she transited theCaribbean Sea for Panama, she rescued 16 survivors ofUSAT Jack, which had been torpedoed by the German U-boat U-558,[5] and she conducted a fruitless search for 13 other survivors presumed in the vicinity. Arriving atCoco Solo on 3 June, Grunion deposited her shipload of survivors and continued to Pearl Harbor, arriving 20 June.


Departing Hawaii on 30 June after ten days of intensivetraining, 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 destroyerand had fired at her with inconclusive results. She operated off Kiska throughout July and sank two enemy patrol boats while in search for enemy shipping. On 30 July the submarine reported intensive antisubmarine activity, and she was ordered back to Dutch Harbor.


Grunion was never heard from nor seen again. Air searches off Kiska were fruitless; and on 5 OctoberGrunion 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 discovery in the Bering Sea in August 2007 of a wreck believed to be the boat. In October 2008, the U.S. Navy verified that the wreck is theGrunion.[6] The reason for her sinking is still not known, though there are two possible explanations.


One is: During World War II, magnetic pistols often exploded prematurely or not at all. The reason was that magnetic lines are more horizontal close to the equator than towards the poles. For example, the US Mark 6 magnetic pistol was designed and tested only once at 41° latitude (60° geomagnetic latitude) at Narragansett Bay, but was primarily used in equatorial latitudes.[2] At the equator, the signal strength to the Mark 6 magnetic pistol was only about half that of where the Mark 6 was tested. Moreover, relative velocity (i.e. when a torpedo is fired from behind or in front of a ship) would additionally change the abruptness of the magnetic signal, resulting in the magnetic pistol being triggered prematurely or not at all.

Eventually, the US Mark 6 magnetic pistol was replaced by contact pistols (which, in case of the US Mark 15 torpedo, proved to be unreliable as well).

The second Grunion was sunk on July 30, 1942, by the armed Japanese freighter Kano Maru, approximately 10 miles northeast of Kiska in the Aleutian Islands.


Grunion received one battle star for World War II service 

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






 



Type
Sub-Surface Vessels

Existing/Disbanded
Sunk

Parent Unit
Submarines

Strength
Submarine

Created/Owned By
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USS Grunion (SS-216)

Doell, Louis Henry, PO2, (1939-1942) RM RM-2304 Petty Officer Second Class
Dighton, Samuel Reed, LTJG, (1940-1942) OFF 116X Lieutenant Junior Grade
Cuthbertson, William Hugh, ENS, (1941-1942) OFF 117X Ensign
Caldwell, George Earl, Elec., (1920-1942) EM EM-0000 Warrant Officer
Bedard, Leo J.I., CPO, (1928-1942) MO MO-0000 Chief Petty Officer
Cullinane, Daniel, CPO, (1919-1942) MM MM-0000 Chief Petty Officer
Graham, Merritt Dayton, CPO, (1918-1942) TM TM-0000 Chief Petty Officer
Schumann, Elmer T., CPO, (1919-1942) QM QM-0000 Chief Petty Officer
Banes, Paul Edward, CPO, (1931-1942) MO MO-0000 Chief Petty Officer
Bouvia, Chester, PO1, (1923-1942) MM MM-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Cooksey, Lee Dale, PO1, (1933-1942) MM MM-0000 Petty Officer First Class
DeStoop, Albert Edward, PO1, (1934-1942) TM TM-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Lehman, Woodrow Wilson, PO1, (1934-1942) EM EM-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Martin, Thomas E., PO1, (1931-1942) EM EM-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Sullivan, Paul P., PO1, (1930-1942) PhM PhM-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Surofchek, Steven, PO1, (1927-1942) SC SC-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Templeton, Samuel A., PO1, (1937-1942) GM GM-5342 Petty Officer First Class
Clift, John Stewart, PO2, (1937-1942) TM TM-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Henderson, Hollice Beauford, PO2, (1940-1942) MO MO-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Kennedy, Sylvester J., PO2, (1941-1942) MO MO-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Pancoast, Jack Edwin, PO2, (1936-1942) MO MO-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Webster, Raymond E., PO2, (1935-1942) EM EM-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Welch, Donald Francis, PO2, (1938-1942) FT FT-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Wells, John Harrison, PO2, (1939-1942) TM TM-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Alexander, Frank Elgin, PO3, (1940-1942) SM SM-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Allen, Daniel Emery, PO3, (1940-1942) SM SM-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Boo, Robert F, PO3, (1940-1942) EM EM-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Parziale, Carmine Anthony, PO3, (1940-1942) TM TM-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Van Woggelum, Marshall F., PO3, (1941-1942) EN EN-3300 Petty Officer Third Class
Ullman, Albert, S1c, (1940-1942) S1c S1c-0000 Seaman 1st Class
Knowles, Jr, Edward, SN SN SN-0000 Seaman
Hall, Kenneth Edward, S2c, (1942-1942) S2c S2c-0000 Seaman Second Class
Swartwood, David N., S2c, (1942-1942) SN SN-9700 Seaman Second Class
Arvan, Herbert Joseph, MAtt2c, (1941-1942) MAT MATT-0000 Mess Attendant 2nd Class
Walter, Melvin H, F3c, (1941-1942) F3c F3c-0000 Fireman 3rd Class
Collins, Michael Francis, F2c, (1940-1942) F2c F2c-0000 Fireman 2nd Class
Abele, Mannert Lincoln, LCDR, (1926-1942) Lieutenant Commander
Thomas, Millener Weaver, LT, (1929-1942) OFF Lieutenant
Carroll, Richard H, HA2c, (1941-1942) Hospital Apprentice 2nd Class
Devaney, William P, HA2c, (1940-1942) Hospital Apprentice 2nd Class
Dighton, Samuel Reed, LT, (1940-1942) Lieutenant
Bonadies, Nicholas Richard, S1c, (1940-1942) Seaman 1st Class
Franck, Leon H, S1c, (1940-1942) Seaman 1st Class
Deaton, Lawrence D, HA2c, (1941-1942) Hospital Apprentice 2nd Class
Youngman, Ralph J, F2c, (1941-1942) Hospital Apprentice 2nd Class

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