||Winnebago County Historical Commission
||Oshkosh Public Museum
||Gelatin print of Frederick Leopold Brunner.
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||World War II
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||Bust view of Frederick Leopold Brunner. He is wearing a blue Navy Jumper and white cap.
Frederick Leopold Brunner was born in Oshkosh, WI on October 17, 1917, the son of Fred G. and Lydia Brunner. He graduated from Oshkosh High School. He then moved to Chicago, IL where he worked as a night clerk at a hotel. He enlisted in the US Navy in September 1940 and went to Great Lakes Naval Training Center. He became a Gunner's Mate 2nd Class and was on the submarine USS Grampus in the Pacific Theater. The sub was three weeks overdue and all crew members listed as missing in action on March 24, 1943. He was officially declared dead on June 14, 1943.
Late 1942 and into January 1943, the USS Grampus completed three war patrols, which took her to the Philippines and into the Solomon Islands. She left Brisbane, Australia, in mid-February 1943 to begin her sixth patrol, also in the Solomons. Grampus did not return from this mission and was subsequently declared lost with all hands. It is possible that she was sunk by the Japanese destroyers Minegumo and Murasame in a battle fought in the Blackett Strait, near Kolombangara Island, on 5 March 1943, shortly before those enemy ships were sunk in a night action with U.S. cruisers and destroyers.
||Brunner, Frederick Leopold
||5" x 7"
World War II
United States Navy
Pacific Theater of Operations
||Frederick Leopold Brunner
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