Salava, Frank, PO3

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Last Rank
Petty Officer Third Class
Last Primary NEC
FC-0000-Fire Controlman
Last Rating/NEC Group
Fire Controlman
Primary Unit
1943-1943, FC-0000, USS Sculpin (SS-191)
Service Years
1940 - 1943
FC-Fire Controlman

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Chestnut Ridge, PA
Last Address
Chestnut Ridge, PA

Casualty Date
Nov 19, 1943
Non Hostile- Body Not Recovered
Other Explosive Device
Pacific Ocean
World War II
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
MK 151 (memorial)

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Last Known Activity

The USS Sculpin (SS-191) was on her ninth war patrol in the Turk Island Area on November 19, 1943 when she was attacked by the enemy. Damage from depth-charges forced her to surface. Under heavy fire, FC3 Salava manned his gun until the Sculpin sunk. Although many of the crew were taken prisoner by the Japanese, FC3 Salava went down with the vessel. His remains were never recovered.

Service number: 2505809

Submarine war patrols:
USS Snapper (SS185) - 6th
USS Sculpin (SS-191) - 9th

Bronze Star
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Bronze Star Medal posthumously to Frank Salava, Firecontrolman Third Class, United States Navy for service as set forth in the following citation:

For meritorious service as Member of Crew of the USS Sculpin during the Ninth War Patrol of that vessel in the Turk Island Area, November 19,1943. After his ship had been severely damaged and forced to surface during a terrific enemy depth-charge attack, Salava instantly manned his gun despite the overwhelming fury of the enemy's five inch gun barrage and continued his persistant fire until the Sculpin succumbed to Japanese superior firepower. By his indomitable fighting spirit and unfaltering devotion to duty, Salava upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

For the President
James Forrestal
Secretary of the Navy

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Submarine Enlisted Badge
Submarine Combat Patrol Badge - 2 Patrols

 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1940, Recruit Training (Newport, RI)
 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
USS Savannah (CL-42)NAVSUBASE New London/GrotonUSS Muskallunge (SS-262)USS Snapper (SS-185)
USS Sculpin (SS-191)
  1940-1942, FC-0000, USS Savannah (CL-42)
  1942-1943, FC-0000, NAVSUBASE New London/Groton
  1943-1943, FC-0000, USS Muskallunge (SS-262)
  1943-1943, FC-0000, USS Snapper (SS-185)
  1943-1943, FC-0000, USS Sculpin (SS-191)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1943 USS Sculpin (SS-191)/USS SCULPIN (SS-191) 9th War Patrol
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  War and service memorials2
  Sep 26, 1940, Navy Enlistments1
  Jan 25, 1941, Promoted to S2c
  Jul 01, 1941, Promoted to S1c
  Jul 01, 1942, Promoted to FC3
  Jan 14, 1944, MIA telegram1
  Mar 10, 1944, Letter of Commendation1
  Dec 15, 1945, KIA telegram1
  May 16, 1947, Medals for Six McKeesport Vets1
  Dec 28, 2017, General Photos
 Military Association Memberships
The National Gold Star Family RegistryWorld War II FallenUnited States Navy Memorial WWII Memorial National Registry
  2017, The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2017, World War II Fallen
  2017, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
  2017, WWII Memorial National Registry
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