Olexa, David Edward, MoMM2c

Fallen
 
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Last Rank
Petty Officer Second Class
Last Primary NEC
MO-0000-Motor Machinist/Oiler
Last Rating/NEC Group
Motor Machinistmate/Oiler
Primary Unit
1941-1943, MO-0000, USS Grampus (SS-207)
Service Years
1941 - 1943
MoMM - Motor Machinistmate/Oiler

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Home State
Ohio
Ohio
Year of Birth
1919
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Neffs, OH
Last Address
Box 94
Neffs, OH
(Parents~Mr&Mrs Samuel Olexa

Casualty Date
Mar 05, 1943
 
Cause
Hostile, Died while Missing
Reason
Lost At Sea-Unrecovered
Location
Pacific Ocean
Conflict
World War II
Location of Interment
Manila American Cemetery - Taguig City, Philippines
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Tablets of the Missing (Cenotaph)

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 Military Association Memberships
World War II FallenThe National Gold Star Family RegistryUnited States Navy Memorial WWII Memorial National Registry
  1943, World War II Fallen
  2017, The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2017, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
  2017, WWII Memorial National Registry


 Ribbon Bar
Submarine Enlisted Badge
Submarine Combat Patrol Badge

 
 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1941, Recruit Training (Great Lakes, IL)
 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
USS Grampus (SS-207)
  1941-1943, MO-0000, USS Grampus (SS-207)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Bombardment - Marshall and Gilbert Islands
  1942-1942 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-42)
  1943-1943 Northern Solomon Islands Campaign (1943-44)/Sinking of the USS Grampus (SS-207)
 Other News, Events and Photographs
 
  Jul 31, 1941, Service Entry Date & Serial Number 641-01-18 Rank of Able Body Seaman (E-1)
  Sep 29, 1941, Received on the USS 0-8
  Oct 17, 1941, Transferred to USS Grampus
  Oct 17, 1941, Received on USS Grampus
  Dec 01, 1941, Promoted to Seaman 2nd Class (E-2)
  May 01, 1942, Promoted to Seaman 1st Class (S1c)
  May 01, 1942, Changed Rate to Fireman 2nd Class (F2c) Rank of E-3 prior to 1943
  Aug 01, 1942, Promoted to Fireman 1st Class (F1c) (E-4)
  Dec 01, 1942, Promoted MoMM2c
  Mar 08, 2017, General Photos1
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

In company with USS Grayback, USS Grampus departed Brisbane on 11 February 1943, for her sixth war patrol from which she failed to return; the manner of her loss still remains a mystery. Japanese seaplanes reported sinking a submarine on 18 February in Grampus' patrol area, but Grayback reported seeing Grampus in that same area 4 March. On 5 March 1943, the Japanese destroyers Minegumo and Murasame conducted an attack preceding the Battle of Blackett Strait, near Kolombangara island. A heavy oil slick was sighted there the following day, indicating that Grampus may have been lost there in a night attack or gun battle against the destroyers. The Japanese destroyers had by then already been sunk in a night action with U.S. cruisers and destroyers.

When repeated attempts failed to contact Grampus, the submarine was declared missing and presumed lost with all hands. Her name was struck from the Naval Vessel Register on 21 June 1943.

   
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