Cdr Thomas Edward Fraser

Birth
Stafford Springs, Tolland County, Connecticut, USA
Death 15 Nov 1942 (aged 41)
At Sea
Memorial Site* Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines

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Having actually gone "Missing" on the above date, he was not officially declared by the military as being dead until November 16, 1943, 1 year and 1 day after he went missing as was the custom.

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Thomas served as the Commander of the U.S.S. Walke (DD-416), U.S. Navy during World War II.

He resided in Vermont prior to the war.

Thomas graduated from the United States Naval Academy on June 4, 1924.

Over the next two decades he served on the U.S.S. Wyoming (BB-32), U.S.S. Worden (DD-288), U.S.S. Ellis (DD-154), U.S.S. Tuscaloosa (CA-37), U.S.S. Yarnall (DD-143), U.S.S. Claxton (DD-140), U.S.S. Broome (DD-210), and on November 10, 1941 he was given his final assignment as Commander of the U.S.S. Walke (DD-416).

The Walke was sunk in the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal when a "Long Lance" torpedo slammed into her starboard side at a point almost directly below mount 52. Almost simultaneously, a salvo of shells from the Japanese ships Nagara, Ayanami, and Uranami hurtled down upon the hapless destroyer. Soon Commander Fraser gave the order to abandon ship and the U.S.S. Walke sank rapidly.

The Walke lost 82 of her crew including Commander Thomas E. Fraser.

Thomas was awarded the "Navy Cross" and the Purple Heart.

Service # O-058890

The U.S.S. Walke received three battle stars for her World War II service.

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In the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal, which was considered a United States strategic victory, the Navy lost 2 light cruisers, 7 destroyers, and 36 aircraft for a total of 1,732 killed in this four day battle.

U.S. Light Cruisers Lost:
U.S.S. Atlanta (CL-51)
U.S.S. Juneau (CL-52)

U.S. Destroyers Lost:
U.S.S. Barton (DD-599)
U.S.S. Benham (DD-397)
U.S.S. Cushing (DD-376)
U.S.S. Laffey (DD-459)
U.S.S. Monssen (DD-436)
U.S.S. Preston (DD-379)
U.S.S. Walke (DD-416)

Japanese losses included:
2 battleships
1 heavy cruiser
3 destroyers
11 transports
64 aircraft

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Bio by:
Russell S. "Russ" Pickett

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  • Created by: War Graves
  • Added: 8 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 56782404
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Cdr Thomas Edward Fraser (6 Feb 1901–15 Nov 1942), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56782404, citing Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines ; Maintained by War Graves (contributor 6) .