Slater, Frank Olga, S2c

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Last Rank
Seaman Second Class
Last Primary NEC
S2c-0000-Seaman 2nd Class
Last Rating/NEC Group
Rating/NEC Group Unknown
Primary Unit
1942-1942, S2c-0000, USS San Francisco (CA-38)
Service Years
1942 - 1942
Seaman Second Class

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Home Town
Last Address
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Casualty Date
Nov 12, 1942
Hostile, Died
Other Explosive Device
Solomon Islands
World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-42)/Guadalcanal-Tulagi landings
Location of Interment
Not Specified
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US Navy
  1942-1942, S2c-0000, USS San Francisco (CA-38)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-42)/Guadalcanal-Tulagi landings
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Name of Award
Navy Cross
Year Awarded
Details behind Award:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Frank Olga Slater, Seaman Second Class, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty in action against the enemy while serving as a Gunner aboard the Heavy Cruiser U.S.S. SAN FRANCISCO (CA-38), during an engagement with Japanese naval forces near Savo Island in the Solomons on the night of on November 12 and 13 1942. Courageously refusing to abandon his gun in the face of an onrushing Japanese Torpedo Plane, Seaman Second Class Slater, with cool determination and utter disregard for his own personal safety, kept blazing away until the hostile craft plunged out of the sky in a flaming dive and crashed on his station. His grim perseverance and relentless devotion to duty in the face of certain death were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave up his life in the defense of his country.
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