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Birthdate & Date of Loss

Date of birth: January 8, 1920
Date of death: October 26, 1942
Age: 22

Lucky Bag

1942 Gernhardt LB.jpg

From the 1942 Lucky Bag:


Gem, Al

Cheerful, industrious, always ready for work or play, Alan has been invaluable as a "wife." Days and years have passed since we first met him, and those years have brought to Alan knowledge, experience, and that most valuable possession, friends. Judging from the good start he has made, it looks as if Alan is headed for that select group who merit a "Well done, Admiral!"

Fencing 4, 3, 2, 1, fNt; 2/c P.O.; 3 Stripes.

The Class of 1942 graduated on December 19, 1941, less than two weeks after the United States entered World War II. The class had previously been scheduled to graduate in February 1942.


Alan was one of 57 men lost aboard USS Smith (DD 378) on October 26, 1942 when the ship was heavily damaged by attacking aircraft while screening USS Enterprise (CV 6) and USS Hornet (CV 8). The ship was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation for her action that day.

His wife was listed as next of kin.

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Alan is one of 82 members of the Class of 1942 in Memorial Hall.
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