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S2 Walter Simon Blank
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Birth: Oct. 20, 1920
Grassy Butte
McKenzie County
North Dakota, USA
Death: Jul. 11, 1943

Walter Simon Blank

Rank/Rate Seaman, Second Class
Service Number 730 03 06
Birth Date October 20, 1920
From Dickinson, North Dakota
Decorations Purple Heart
Submarine USS Runner (SS-275)
Loss Date July 11, 1943
Location North of Hokkaido, Japan
Circumstances Probably sunk by a mine
Remarks Walter was born in Grassy Butte,
North Dakota.

Information courtesy of Paul W. Wittmer.


Compiled by Paul W. Wittmer and Charles R. Hinman, originally from:

U.S. Submarine Losses World War II, NAVPERS 15,784, 1949 ISSUE

On 28 May 1943 RUNNER (Lt. Cdr. J. H. Bourland) left Midway to proceed to latitude 48 30'N, longitude 154E and begin her third patrol. She was to patrol south and west from this spot, until she came into the area south of Hokkaido and east of the northern tip of Honshu, where she was to patrol from about 8 June to 4 July 1943. The submarine was never heard from following her departure from Midway.

She was expected at Midway about 11 July, and not later than 15 July, and should have made a transmission when approximately 500 miles from this base. She was ordered on 11 July to make an immediate transmission, but no reply came. A careful lookout was maintained in the hope that RUNNER was safe but without transmission facilities, but the results were negative. On 20 July RUNNER was reported as presumed lost.

A summary of Japanese anti-submarine attacks received since the close of hostilities contains no mention of an attack that could explain the loss of RUNNER. Thus, her loss must be ascribed to an enemy minefield, of which there were at least four in the area to which she was assigned, to an operational casualty, or to an unreported enemy attack. Destruction by a mine is considered the most likely of these possibilities.

This ship sank three ships, totaling 19,800 tons, and damaged three more, for 19,000 tons, on her first two patrols. RUNNER patrolled the Palau area on her first war run in February 1943, and all of her sinkings were made here. She sank three medium freighters, and damaged two more. During her second patrol off Hong Kong in the South China Sea, RUNNER damaged a freighter.
Note: Entered the service from North Dakota.
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Record added: Aug 06, 2010
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NARA records list his Next of Kin's Home of Record as Dickinson, North Dakota...Your service and sacrifice must never be forgotten.
- Eric Ackerman
 Added: Dec. 29, 2015
On Eternal Patrol - The Loss of USS Runner (SS-275)
- Judy Richards
 Added: Sep. 11, 2015
Purple Heart Awarded for wounds or death as result of an act of any opposing armed force, as a result of an international terrorist attack or as a result of military operations while serving as part of a peacekeeping force. The oldest of our military awar...(Read more)
- Judy Richards
 Added: Sep. 11, 2015
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