From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Paul Slawson '20

Date of birth: May 2, 1897

Date of death: July 18, 1943

Age: 46

Lucky Bag

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.

His wife was listed as next of kin. He has a memory marker in the Manila American Cemetery and Memorial; he is also listed on a memorial in Concord, New Hampshire.

Wartime Service

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.

Service: Navy
Rank: Captain

Class of 1920

Paul is one of 27 members of the Class of 1920 on Virtual Memorial Hall.