FRASER S. KNIGHT, LCDR, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Fraser Knight '40

Date of birth: April 17, 1917

Date of death: July 14, 1945

Age: 28

Lucky Bag

From the 1940 Lucky Bag:

Loss

Fraser was lost when USS Bonefish (SS 223) was sunk by Japanese surface forces in Toyama Wan on June 19, 1945.

His wife was listed as next of kin.

Wartime Service

The deck log of USS Salt Lake City (CA 25) “Detached Knight, Fraser S., Lt. to proceed and report to C. O. Submarine Base, New London, Conn. for temporary duty under instruction in submarines.” on May 9, 1943.

Silver Star

From Hall of Valor:

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Lieutenant Commander Fraser S. Knight (NSN: 0-85289), United States Navy, was awarded the Silver Star (Posthumously) for gallantry in action as Assistant Approach Officer of the U.S.S. BONEFISH (SS-223), during the SIXTH War Patrol of that vessel in enemy Japanese controlled waters of the Pacific, from 5 September to 8 November 19445. Lieutenant Commander Knight materially assisted his commanding officer in sinking three enemy ships totaling 22,000 tons and damaged two additional vessels totaling 8.900 tons.

General Orders: Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 368 (October 1947)
Action Date: September 5 - November 8, 1944
Rank: Lieutenant Commander

He has a memory marker in Arlington National Cemetery; this also cites him as a recipient of the Bronze Star.


Class of 1940

Fraser is one of 89 members of the Class of 1940 in Memorial Hall.