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FRANKL

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Hi,
Any help finding any info and photos of ron 31 or pt 454. My grandfather Lucien Cance served with ron 31 pt boat 454. He passed in 2016 and I do not have much info on his service.
He was a great man and I would not be the man I am today without his guidance.

Frank


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Gary Paulsen

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PT 454 started in Ron 30 and transferred to Ron 31.
http://ibiblio.org/hyperwar/USN/CloseQuarters/PT-A.html

PT 454 started in Ron 30 and transferred to Ron 31.
MOTOR TORPEDO BOAT SQUADRON 30

Commissioned February 15, 1944; decommissioned November 15, 1945.

Squadron Commanders:

Lt. Comdr. ROBERT L. SEARLES, USNR -- February 15, 1944-October 1945
Lt. Comdr LAWRENCE F. JONES, USNR -- October-November 15, 1945

PT 78' Higgins
450 -
451 -
452 - Placed in service February 15, 1944. Transferred to Squadron 4, March 23, 1944.
453 - Placed in service March 14, 1944. Transferred to Squadron 31, May 11, 1944.
454 -
455 - Placed in service February 15, 1944. Transferred to Squadron 31, May 11, 1944.
456 - Placed in service March 11, 1944. Placed out of service November 15, 1945.
457 - Placed in service March 15, 1944. Placed out of service November 15, 1945.
458 - Placed in service March 18, 1944. Placed out of service November 15, 1945.
459 - Placed in service March 23, 1944. Placed out of service November 15, 1945.
460 - Placed in service March 27, 1944. Placed out of service November 15, 1945.
461 - Placed in service March 28, 1944. Placed out of service November 15, 1945.

Squadron 30 had action in the English Channel area during the period June 1944 to June 1945. It was then returned to the United States for reconditioning and reassignment to the Pacific, but the war ended while the squadron was still in New York.

MOTOR TORPEDO BOAT SQUADRON 31

Commissioned April 5, 1944; decommissioned December 17, 1945.

Squadron Commanders:

Lt. JOHN M. SEARLES, USNR -- April 5, 1944-October 1945
Lt. Comdr. FRANK B. GASS, USNR -- October-December 17, 1945

PT 78' Higgins
453 -
454 -
455 - Transferred from Squadron 30, May 11, 1944. Placed out of service December 17, 1945.
462 - Placed in service March 29, 1944. Placed out of service December 17, 1945.
463 - Placed in service April 1, 1944. Placed out of service December 17, 1945.
464 - Placed in service April 5, 1944. Placed out of service December 17, 1945.
465 - Placed in service April 13, 1944. Placed out of service December 17, 1945.
466 - Placed in service April 17, 1944. Placed out of service December 17, 1945.
467 - Placed in service April 20, 1944. Placed out of service December 17, 1945.
468 - Placed in service April 24, 1944. Placed out of service December 17, 1945.
469 - Placed in service April 28, 1944. Placed out of service December 17, 1945.

--475--


PT 78' Higgins
470 - Placed in service April 29, 1944. Placed out of service December 17, 1945.
471 - Placed in service May 5, 1944. Placed out of service December 17, 1945.
472 - Placed in service May 11, 1944. Placed out of service December 17, 1945.
473 - Placed in service May 16, 1944. Placed out of service December 17, 1945.

Squadron 31, assigned to Pacific Fleet, had action at Treasury Island in the Solomons during October and November 1944; at Palau, in the Marianas, during the period December 1944 to February 1945, and at Okinawa during the period June to August 1945. The squadron also based for a time in San Pedro Bay, in the Philippines, but had no action from this base.

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  FRANKL

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Thankyou gary for the reply I did not know it was transferred from ron 30 to 31, also I left a letter out of my grandfathers name it is Lucien Cance

Much apricated



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Welcome Frank! It sounds like your Grandfather was a good man. I take it that he did not talk much about his service. That is true of many veterans and very understandable.

I have quite a few photos but none of the 454... sorry. Hopefully someone else will. Good luck with your research.

I added the 'c' to your Grandfather's name in your first post.

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  FRANKL

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Thank you jeff, he was a good man.



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Found this on ancestry,com

Draft card photo
http://ptboatforum.com/PhotoGallery/images/jYFbO.jpg
Enlisted 19-11-43
jYFbO.jpg

Recieved into Ron31 14-5-44
Service #8164081 S1c

Transferred to CNOB Okinawa for Discharge 1-12-45 SC3c(T)


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  FRANKL

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Yes Gary that is him and my great grandmother Anita, thank you for finding it. it looks like his rank was a SC3c(T) , I am not sure what that is?




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Frank
Your grandfather must have had some culinary skills as he was promoted to Ships Cook. A good cook was one of the most treasured members of the crew.
Gary


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  FRANKL

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Yes it all fits, my grandfather was a excellent cook and on his draft card it states under employment the childs company in NYC which was a well known restaurant chain.

Thank you


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Awesome glad I could help shed some light on his service. Maybe you could check photos of the bases he served on to see if you can spot him. Many cooks also worked on the base mess halls.
Gary


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