Alston, Augustus Howard, Jr., LCDR

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Last Rank
Lieutenant Commander
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1941-1943, USS Pickerel (SS-177)
Service Years
1927 - 1943
Lieutenant Commander
Lieutenant Commander

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Home State
South Carolina
South Carolina
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Charleston, SC
Last Address
1515 Wrightsboro Rd
Augusta, GA

Casualty Date
Apr 03, 1943
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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Last Known Activity

USS Pickerel (SS-177) began her 7th war patrol on 18 March 1943 and topped off her fuel tanks at Midway, 22 March 1943. She was never heard from again and was the first submarine lost in the Central Pacific Area. Commander Alston Jr. was listed as missing in action and later declared dead 10 August 1945.

Service number: 070184

Command positions:
Executive Officer - USS Pickerel (SS-177) - 1/1/41-10/8/42
Commanding Officer - USS Pickerel (SS-177) - 10/8/42-death

Submarine war patrols: USS Pickerel (SS-177) - 3rd through 7th

Bronze Star
For meritorious service as Commanding Officer of (the USS PICKEREL) during a War Patrol of that vessel in enemy-controlled waters. An Aggressive leader and brilliant tactician, Lieutenant Commander Alston boldly intercepted and vigorously engaged hostile convoys and conducted intensive engagements to sink or damage an important amount of Japanese shipping. By his expert, cool and courageous action in the face of grave danger, (he) contributed essentially to the success of his ship throughout a period of bitter offensive action and his zealous devotion to duty throughout reflects the highest credit upon himself, his gallant command and the United States Naval Service.
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  1941-1943, USS Pickerel (SS-177)

Lieutenant Commander

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January / 1941

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April / 1943

USS Pickerel (SS-177) Unit Page

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 USS Pickerel (SS-177) Details

USS Pickerel (SS-177)
Hull number SS-177

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Last Updated: Dec 23, 2018
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Chain of Command
Assumed Command USS Pickerel in accordance BuPers Desp. 031737 of Oct 1942 from LCDR Barton E. Bacon, Jr. Oct 1942 Muster Report Oct 8, 1942

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USS Pickerel (SS-177)
14 Members Also There at Same Time
USS Pickerel (SS-177)

Ray, Sherry Buford, LTJG, (1941-1943) OFF 000X Lieutenant Junior Grade
Barr, Jr., Eric, CAPT, (1934-1947) Lieutenant
MAURER, John, RADM, (1935-1974) Lieutenant Junior Grade
Pore, John Williams, PO1, (1935-1943) EM EM-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Ruchinsky, Stephen, PO1, (1926-1941) PhM PhM-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Taylor, Luke McAlpin, PO1, (1940-1943) RM RM-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Harris, Clarence, PO2, (1932-1943) TM TM-0000 Torpedoman 2nd Class
Lemke, William John, PO2, (1939-1943) SC SC-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Markle, Charles Oliver, PO2, (1941-1943) MO MO-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Mitchell, George Willard, PO1, (1934-1943) MM MM-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Matthis, John Rice Britt, PO1, (1942-1973) QM QM-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Hunter, Dallas William, S1c, (1942-1943) S1c S1c-0000 Seaman 1st Class
Greisinger, William Robert, F1c, (1941-1943) F1c F1c-0000 Fireman 1st Class
Russell, Elmer Howard, S2c, (1942-1943) S2c S2c-0000 Seaman Second Class

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