S2 Frank Olga Slater

S2 Frank Olga Slater

Birth
Fyffe, DeKalb County, Alabama, USA
Death 12 Nov 1942 (aged 21)
At Sea
Burial Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines
Memorial ID 56777622 · View Source
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Seaman Second Class Slater was one of 19 crew Killed in Action aboard USS San Francisco
(CA-38) when the heavy cruiser was attacked by a Japanese torpedo bomber off Lunga Point, Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands.

The torpedo failed to do damage, but the plane crashed into the aft of the ship.

For refusing to abandon his anti-aircraft gunnery station, and firing his 20mm
gun until the moment of impact, Seaman Slater was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross for gallantry.

The destroyer escort USS Slater (DE-766) was named in his memory.

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Family Members

Gravesite Details Entered the service from Alabama.

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  • Maintained by: Find a Grave
  • Originally Created by: War Graves
  • Added: 8 Aug 2010
  • Find a Grave Memorial 56777622
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for S2 Frank Olga Slater (19 Dec 1920–12 Nov 1942), Find a Grave Memorial no. 56777622, citing Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines ; Maintained by Tim Cook (contributor 46481904) .