FRANK BLAHA, LCDR, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Frank Blaha '39

Date of birth: May 27, 1917

Date of death: October 17, 1944

Age: 27

Lucky Bag

From the 1939 Lucky Bag:

Loss

Frank was lost when USS Escolar (SS 294) was sunk, probably by a mine, on or about October 17, 1944. He was the executive officer.

He has a memory marker in Arlington National Cemetery; his wife was listed as next of kin.

Silver Star

From Hall of Valor:

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Lieutenant Frank Blaha (NSN: 0-82335), United States Navy, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action as Gunnery Officer of the U.S.S. GREENLING (SS-213), during THREE War Patrols of that Submarine in enemy controlled waters during World War II. His calm determination and great ability as Assistant Approach Officer contributed directly to the success of his submarine in the destruction of 61,800 tons of enemy shipping. While under gunfire from enemy surface craft, he courageously and coolly directed the gunfire of his ship from an exposed position, thereby causing damage to the enemy. His performance of duty was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

General Orders: Commander in Chief Pacific: Serial 29 (February 1, 1943)
Action Date: World War II
Service: Navy
Rank: Lieutenant
Company: Gunnery Officer
Division: U.S.S. Greenling (SS-213)


Class of 1939

Frank is one of 75 members of the Class of 1939 in Memorial Hall.