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Gordon Summerell Fraser
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Name: Gordon Summerell Fraser Rank: Ensign Service Number: 0-358485 Service: United States Naval Reserve Awards: Purple Heart Date of Birth: May 6, 1918 Place of Birth: Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania Date of Enlistment: September 11, 1942 Place of Enlistment: Philadelphia, Philadelphia Co., Pennsylvania Address at Enlistment: Aldan, Delaware Co., Pennsylvania Age at Enlistment: 24 Height: 5 feet, 9 inches Complexion: Ruddy Hair Color: Brown Eye Color: Brown Date of Death: February 15, 1945 Age: 26 Cemetery: Honolulu Memorial, National Cemetery of the Pacific, Hawaii Grave: Court 3, Courts of the Missing Gordon Summerell Fraser was the son of Hugh Gordon Fraser (1864–1940) and Minerva Whitfield "Minnie" Lucas Fraser (1894–1930). Gordon’s father was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia and his mother was born in Weldon, Halifax County, North Carolina. Gordon wife was Grace Muriel Fraser. Gordon registered for the US Draft on October 16, 1940, in Collingdale, Delaware, Pennsylvania, where he was also living at the time. He was working for the Atlantic Refining Company. Gordon also attended Drexel University and then enlisted in the United States Navy in September 1942. He served on the USS Barnes (ACV-20/CVE-20), a Bogue-class escort carrier, from February to September 1943. He died approximately 127 miles south of the Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands when his ship capsized on February 15, 1945. The ship on which he was serving is unknown. He was reported as missing in the Philadelphia Inquirer on April 7, 1945. Gordon has no known grave and is remembered in Court 3 of the Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial in the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Hawaii. He is also remembered on a family headstone at the West Laurel Hill Cemetery in Bala Cynwyd, Montgomery Co., Pennsylvania. “Gordon is remembered by those who knew him as a man of great faith who excelled both academically and athletically. He was deeply respected for being honorable, loyal and dedicated to family, friends and country. His family members are especially grateful for the loving guidance he gave his brother, William "Walter" Fraser. May Gordon rest in peace with those who loved him so dearly.” - Susan Fraser Dahl, Gordon’s niece