Rank/Rate Radioman, Third Class
Service Number 06036313
Birth Date February 15, 1922
From Chevy Chase, Maryland
Decorations Purple Heart
Submarine USS Shark (SS-314)
Loss Date October 24, 1944
Location Between Hainan and Bashi Channel
Circumstances Probably sunk by depth charge attack
Remarks Byron was originally from Skaneateles, New York.
Balao Class Submarine: Laid down, 28 January 1943, at the Electric Boat Company, Groton, CT.; Launched, 17 October 1943; Commissioned USS Shark (SS-314), 14 February 1944; Sunk on 3rd patrol by depth charge off Southern Taiwan, 24 October 1944, all hands lost; Struck from the Naval Register, (date unknown). Shark received one battle star for her World War II service.
Specifications: Displacement, Surfaced: 1,526 t., Submerged: 2,242 t.; Length 311' 9"; Beam 27' 3"; Draft 15' 3"; Speed, Surfaced 20.25 kts, Submerged 8.75 kts; Cruising Range, 11,000 miles surfaced at 10kts; Submerged Endurance, 48 hours at 2kts; Operating Depth, 400 ft; Complement 6 Officers, 60 Enlisted; Armament, ten 21" torpedo tubes, six forward, four aft, 24 torpedoes, one 5"/25 deck gun, one 40mm gun, one 20mm gun, two .50 cal. machine guns; Patrol Endurance 75 days; Propulsion, diesel-electric reduction gear with four main generator engines, General Motors diesel engines, HP 5400, Fuel Capacity 118,000, four General Electric motors, HP 2,740, two 126-cell main storage batteries, two propellers.∼Son of Harriet T. Masincupp who resided in Chevy Chase, Maryland during the war.
Byron served as a Radioman, Third Class, U.S.S. Shark (SS-314), U.S. Navy during World War II.
He resided in the District of Columbia prior to the war.
He was declared "Missing In Action" when the Shark was sunk by Japanese destroyer Harukaze off Taiwan during the war. He was awarded a Purple Heart.
Service # 6036313
He also has a "Cenotaph" in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia. For that record:
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( Bio by: Russell S. "Russ" Pickett )
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