PAUL S. SLAWSON, CDR, USN
Paul Slawson '20
Date of birth: May 2, 1897
Date of death: July 18, 1943
From the 1920 Lucky Bag:
Paul was lost on July 18, 1943 when the ship he was embarked in, USS LST-342, was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine in the Solomon Sea near Rendova. (The ship broke in two, with the stern sinking immediately. The bow was towed and beached at Florida Island.) Eighty-one other officers and men were lost.
He was the commanding officer of LST Group 14.
In February 1943 he was commanding officer of LST Group 14 (during invasion of Russel Islands)
He was the commanding officer of the 3rd Echelon of the invasion force at New Georgia on June 3, 1943. This comprised eight destroyer-transports and four LSTs.
Legion of Merit
From Hall of Valor:
(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Captain Paul Sidney Slawson, United States Navy, was awarded the Legion of Merit for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services to the Government of the United States.