AUGUSTUS H. ALSTON, JR., LCDR, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Augustus Alston, Jr. '31

Date of birth: August 20, 1907

Date of death: August 3, 1943

Age: 35

Lucky Bag

From the 1931 Lucky Bag:


Loss

1931 Alston 1.jpg

Augustus was lost when USS Pickerel (SS 177) was sunk by Japanese vessels north of Honshū on April 3, 1943. He was the boat's commanding officer.

Career

From Fleet Organization:

  • Duty Superintendent of Construction Electric Boat Company Groton 1 Jul 1939 - 1 Jul 1940
  • Duty 16th Naval District 1 Nov 1940
  • Executive Officer USS Pickerel (SS-177) 1 Jan 1941 - 8 Oct 1942
  • Captain USS Pickerel (SS-177) 8 Oct 1942 - Apr 1943

He also served aboard USS Texas (BB 35), USS Louisville (CA 28), USS S-12 (SS 121), and USS S-46 (SS 157).

  • Lieutenant (j.g.) 4 Jun 1934
  • Lieutenant 1 Jul 1939
  • Lieutenant Commander (T) 15 Jun 1942

Bronze Star

Unable to find the citation for this medal.


Class of 1931

Augustus is one of 51 members of the Class of 1931 in Memorial Hall.