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S1 Girard J Lessard

S1 Girard J Lessard

Death 9 Aug 1942
At Sea
Burial Manila, Metro Manila, National Capital Region, Philippines
Plot Tablets of the Missing - Navy
Memorial ID 56789407 · 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 August 10, 1943, 1 year and 1 day after he went missing as was the custom.

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Girard served as a Seaman First Class, U.S.S. Astoria (CA-34), U.S. Navy during World War II.

He resided in New Hampshire prior to the war.

He first enlisted in the U.S. Navy on July 24, 1935 in Boston, Massachusetts. He was honorably discharged on July 21, 1939 in Bremerton, Washington.

He re-enlisted in the Navy the next day, July 22, 1939, for four years while still on board the Astoria.

The Astoria, in the Battle of Savo Island, was hit multiple times by Japanese gunfire which caused her sinking during the war.

Girard was declared "Missing In Action" in this sinking.

He was awarded the Purple Heart.

Service # 2015289

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The Astoria had a total loss of 219 men in this sinking and earned three battle star during World War II.

U.S. Ships lost in the Battle of Savo Island:

U.S.S. Astoria (CA-34)
U.S.S. Quincy (CA-39)
U.S.S. Vincennes (CA-44)

The Japanese did not lose any ships in this battle.

Bio by:
Russell S. "Russ" Pickett





  • Created by: CWGC/ABMC
  • Added: 8 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 56789407
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for S1 Girard J Lessard (unknown–9 Aug 1942), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56789407, citing Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Manila, Metro Manila, National Capital Region, Philippines ; Maintained by CWGC/ABMC (contributor 6) .