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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 Additional Information
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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 Ribbon Bar
Submarine Officer Badge
Command at Sea
Submarine Combat Patrol Badge - 4 Patrols

 Duty Stations/ Advancement Schools
Naval Support Activity Hampton Roads, NAS Hampton RoadsUSS Texas (BB-35)NAS PensacolaUS Navy
NAVSUBASE New London/GrotonSupervisor of Shipbuilding Conversion and Repair (SUPSHIP)COMSUBRON 5, COMSUBPACUSS Pickerel (SS-177)
  1931-1931, Naval Support Activity Hampton Roads, NAS Hampton Roads
  1931-1932, USS Texas (BB-35)
  1932-1932, NAS Pensacola
  1932-1933, USS Louisville (CA-28)
  1933-1934, Commander Cruisers Scouting Force
  1934-1935, USS Louisville (CA-28)
  1935-1935, NAVSUBASE New London/Groton
  1935-1936, USS S-12 (SS-117)
  1936-1936, USS S-47 (SS-158)
  1936-1938, USS S-46 (SS-157)
  1938-1940, Supervisor of Shipbuilding Conversion and Repair (SUPSHIP) Groton, CT
  1940-1940, 16th Naval District
  1941-1943, USS Pickerel (SS-177)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1943 USS Pickerell (SS-177)
 Colleges Attended 
United States Naval Academy
  1927-1931, United States Naval Academy
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Jun 04, 1931, Commissioned as Ensign
  Jun 04, 1934, Promoted to Lieutenant Junior Grade
  Jul 01, 1939, Promoted to Lieutenant
  Jun 15, 1942, Promoted to Lieutenant Commander
  Apr 03, 2014, General Photos1
 Military Association Memberships
World War II FallenUnited States Navy Memorial The National Gold Star Family RegistryWW II Memorial National Registry
The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor
  1943, World War II Fallen [Verified]
  2016, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
  2016, The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2016, WW II Memorial National Registry
  2018, The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor [Verified]
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