F2 Richard Fox Grace

F2 Richard Fox Grace

Death 4 May 1945 (aged 19)
At Sea
Memorial Site* Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines

* A structure erected in honor of someone whose remains lie elsewhere.

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Memorial ID 56775784 · View Source
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Having actually gone "Missing" on the above date, he was not officially declared by the military as being dead until May 25, 1946.

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Richard, who resided at 2203 Harrison Street, Wilmington, Delaware, served as a Fireman Second Class, U.S.S. Lagarto, U.S. Navy during World War II.

The U.S.S. Lagarto was sunk by the Japanese minelayer Hatsutaka in the Gulf of Siam during the war.

Richard was declared "Missing In Action" in the Largarto's sinking. He was the only Delawarean lost on the Largarto.

He had served with the Navy for two years and three months at the time of his death and was decorated with a Purple Heart.

Service # 7108875

Richard also has a "Cenotaph" in the Cathedral Cemetery, Wilmington, Delaware.
"Click Here" for that record.

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The Lagarto lost all 88 crew members in this sinking and received one battle star for World War II service.

The U.S.S. Lagarto was found sitting upright at the bottom of the Southern Gulf of Siam, South China Sea in 2005 by a Navy crew and was in almost perfect condition. A book has been written on it's fate.

Bio by:
Russ Pickett


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  • Maintained by: Russ Pickett
  • Originally Created by: War Graves
  • Added: 8 Aug 2010
  • Find a Grave Memorial 56775784
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for F2 Richard Fox Grace (15 Jun 1925–4 May 1945), Find a Grave Memorial no. 56775784, citing Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines ; Maintained by Russ Pickett (contributor 46575736) .