ALFRED E. GROVE, LCDR, USN
Alfred Grove '30
Date of birth: May 19, 1908
Date of death: October 24, 1944
From the 1930 Lucky Bag:
Alfred was lost when the Japanese "Hell Ship" he was aboard, Arisan Maru, was sunk by an American submarine on October 24, 1944.
His wife was listed as next of kin; he was also survived by a daughter (see below).
The April 1941 Navy Directory lists him aboard USS Houston (CA 30); sometime before the war began he became the Assistant Communications-Intelligence Officer on the Asiatic Fleet Staff.
From Find A Grave:
NEWPORT MERCURY AND WEEKLY NEWS, NEWPORT, R.I., FRIDAY, JUNE 12, 1942, FRONT PAGE
WIVES RESIDING IN THIS CITY RECEIVE TELEGRAMS: WERE ON DUTY IN PHILIPPINES WHEN THAT AREA CAPITULATED, FURTHER DETAILS AWAITED
Mrs. Alfred E. Grove of 128 Mill street and Mrs. Arthur P. Moore of 37 Catherine street Wednesday received telegrams that their husbands, officers on duty in the Philippines, were listed as missing, pending further information from the Japanese as to the identity of prisoners taken when that area capitulated.
Mrs. Grove, the former Miss Abbie Burke, daughter of Judge John C. Burke off this city, is the wife of Lieutenant Commander Grove, U.S.N., a graduate of the Naval Academy in 1930. Her telegram was received on her tenth wedding anniversary, and came from Rear Admiral Randall Jacobs, chief of the Bureau of Navigation. Commander Grove was on duty at Cebu. He was born in St. Louis, Mo., son of Mr. and Mrs. Orville Grove, and is father of a daughter, Abbie Rhoda, age 6. …
The telegram to Mrs. Grove from the Navy Department, stated that it regretted to inform her that "according to the records of this department, your husband, Lieutenant Commander Alfred E. Grove, U.S.N., while in the performance of his duty, in the service of his country, was in the Cebu area when that station capitulated. He is carried on the records as missing, pending further information. No report of his death or injury has been received, and he may be a prisoner of war. It will be several months before definite information can be expected."
From Find A Grave:
THE NEWPORT MERCURY AND WEEKLY NEWS, FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 1946, PAGE FOUR
LATE COMMANDER GROVE CITED FOR GALLANTRY: SILVER STAR MEDAL RECEIVED BY WIFE AT CEREMONY HELD AT NAVAL BASE A Silver Star medal for gallantry in action was awarded posthumously to Lieutenant Commander Alfred E. Grove, U.S.N., and received by his wife, Mrs. Alfred E. Grove of 128 Mill street, at a ceremony held November 15 in the office of Commodore Paul S. Theis, commanding the Naval Base.
The citation accompanying the award said in part that Lieutenant Commander Grove "displayed gallantry in action against the enemy April 10, 1942, in the city of Cebu, Philippine Islands. Although under constant hostile air and naval fire, he assisted in and directed the destruction of enemy warehouses, loaded cargo ships in the harbor, and large stores of food and supplies."
Commander Grove was killed in action in the China Sea in October, 1944, while being transported as a prisoner-of-war from the Philippines to Japan.
Prisoner of War Medal
From Hall of Valor:
Lieutenant Commander Alfred E. Grove (NSN: 0-63174), United States Navy, was captured by the Japanese after the fall of Corregidor, Philippine Islands, on 6 May 1942, and was held as a Prisoner of War until his death while still in captivity.
General Orders: NARA Database: Records of World War II Prisoners of War, created, 1942 - 1947
Rank: Lieutenant Commander
His daughter, Abbie Grove Treichler, sponsored a memorial at the Pacific War Museum.
Alfred's son-in-law, Colonel Don Treichler, USMC (Ret.), authored a self-published book in 2010: "I do Solemnly Swear: Biography of CDR Alfred Edgar Grove, U.S. Navy".