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
Primary Unit
1942-1942, RM-2304, USS Grunion (SS-216)
Service Years
1941 - 1942

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Ryegate, MT
Last Address
9 Alderson Ave
Billings, MT
(Mother~Sophie H Blinston)

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

 Official Badges 

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 Ribbon Bar
Submarine Combat Patrol Badge - 2 Patrols

 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1941, Recruit Training (San Diego, CA)
 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
USS Grunion (SS-216)
  1942-1942, RM-2304, USS Grunion (SS-216)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  1942-1942 World War II
 Colleges Attended 
Minnesota School of Business
  1936-1940, Minnesota School of Business
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Memorial Marker also at Oak Grove Cemetery La Crosse1
  Oct 15, 1940, Joined Naval Reserve
  Jan 08, 1941, Activated from reserves & Serial Number 510-02-77
  Jun 30, 1941, Received at Naval Receiving Station Bremerton WA
  Jul 11, 1941, Transferred to Naval Reserve Radio School Bainbridge Island, WA
  Apr 11, 1942, Commissioning Crew of USS Grunion (SS-216)
  May 01, 1942, Promoted to RM3c
  Aug 02, 1943, Declared Dead
  Sep 19, 1943, Obituary in the THE BILLINGS (MONTANA) GAZETTE
  Jul 30, 2015, General Photos2
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
He enlisted in the U.S. Naval Reserve on January 8, 1941, and went on active duty beginning June 30, 1941. Blinston next completed the Naval Reserve Radio School at Bainbridge Island, Washington, in November 1941, and then attended submarine school at Submarine Base New London, Connecticut, from December 1941 to March 1942. RM3c Blinston then transferred to the submarine USS Grunion (SS-216)during her fitting out, and through her commissioning in April 1942. He was killed in action aboard the Grunion during a confrontation with the armed Japanese freighter Kano Maru on July 30, 1942. On August 22, 2007, a search team organized by the three sons of CDR Mannert Abele (the captain of the Grunion when she was sunk) used a remotely operated vehicle to find a sunken vessel 3,000 feet down in the Bering Sea nort of Kiska Island at the tip of the Aleutian Islands. On October 1, 2008, the U.S. Navy announced that the sunken vessel is the World War II Submarine USS Grunion (SS-216).
His Navy Commendation Medal Citation reads:
For meritorious conduct as a member of the crew of the U.S.S. which destroyed three enemy destroyers while engaged in a war patrol in enemy controlled waters. Despite severe and persistent anti-submarine measures resulting from these three successful attacks, the GRUNION was brought safely through the counter attacks and continued an aggressive war patrol. As a member of the crew of the GRUNION, your performance of duty was an important and material contribution to the prosecution of this war. 
 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
World War II FallenUnited States Navy Memorial The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2015, World War II Fallen
  2017, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
  2017, The National Gold Star Family Registry
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