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Joseph Gainard

Born: Oct 11, 1889

Death: Dec 23, 1943

Nationality: United States

Joseph Gainard

Date of Birth : Oct 11, 1889
Date of Death : Dec 23, 1943

Joseph Aloysius Gainard was a life-long seafarer who worked on board merchant vessels and also served as an officer in the United States Navy during World Wars I and II. Born in Chelsea, Massachusetts to James Henry and Alice F. Gainard, he enlisted in the U.S. Naval Reserve Force on 23 November 1917. He received the Navy Cross for distinguished service while Master of the American merchant steamer SS City of Flint, seized by a German cruiser on the high seas on 9 October 1939 but returned to him in a Norwegian fjord on 3 November. Recalled to active duty on 30 July 1941, he commanded the submarine decoy ship USS Big Horn in the Caribbean, then commanded the attack transport USS Bolivar in the Pacific. Illness took Captain Gainard from this duty and he died in the U.S. Naval Hospital at San Diego, California, on 23 December 1943. Gainard was married to Ethel May Wass.

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