LIEUTENANT COMMANDER ALFRED GUERNSEY SYMONDS JR.; U.S. NAVY

August 7, 1918 (New York, NY) – July 24, 1945; 26 years old; married to Mary Derry Symonds on December 4, 1942 in Multnomah County, Oregon; 1 son Alfred III
Last local address: 31 Fairfield Avenue, Norwalk
Enlisted on: unknown date
Service number: O-096119
USS SHANGRI-LA (CV-38)

Awarded the Silver Star, Air Medal with Gold Star, and the Purple Heart Medal

Norwalk High School Class of ‘35

SYMONDS, Alfred G Jr, LCDR, O-096119, USNR, from New York, USS Shangri La, location Japan, missing, date of loss July 24, 1945 (pm) + SYMONDS, Alfred G, Lieutenant Commander, O-096119, USN, from Connecticut, 1946 (WW2), Honolulu Memorial (bm) + SYMONDS. Alfred Guernsey, Jr., Lieutenant, USNR. Wife, Mrs. Mary Derry Symonds, 7427 S.E. Reed College Place, Portland, Ore (Missing in action)

1954hrs.  Completed recovering aircraft.  The following aircraft failed to return: SB2C-4E #74, Buno. 20691, piloted by LT Alfred Guernsey SYMONDS, Jr.; Aircrewman ARM1 Edward HICKS. Including several other planes, which returned to the ship earlier, all aircraft on the afternoon flight were accounted for except LT SYMONDS.  One pilot reported having seen him at the southeastern rendezvous area but also there were reports of a plane crashing in flames near the target.  He and his aircrewman, ARM1 Edward HICKS, USNR, are listed as Missing in Action. 

From The Norwalk Hour August 3, 1945

Lieutenant Alfred Guernsey Symonds Jr., USNR, according to a telegram received on Tuesday by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Symonds Sr., 31 Fairfield Avenue, is missing in action in the service of his country. The telegram address is Lieutenant Symonds’ mother, Mrs. Mabel Cantrell Symonds, reads as follows:

            “I deeply regret to inform you that your son, Lieutenant Alfred Guernsey Symonds Jr., is missing in action in the service of his country. Your great anxiety is appreciated and you will be furnished details when received. To prevent possible aid to our enemies, please do not divulge the name of his ship or station unless the general circumstances are made public in new stories.

            Vice Admiral Randall Jacobs
Chief of Naval Personnel

A letter from their son dated July 19 was received yesterday by Mr. and Mrs. Symonds. Lieutenant Symonds has been in the service five years this month, having enlisted immediately upon his graduation from Tufts College, Medford, Massachusetts. He was commissioned an ensign in 1941 and was stationed aboard the USS Pennsylvania (BB-38). The young man was at Pearl Harbor at the time of the sneak Jap attack, following which he was promoted to Lieutenant J.G. Following the battle of Midway, he was promoted to a full grade Lieutenant. Subsequent to two trips to the Aleutian Islands, he was transferred to the air arm of the Navy as a dive bomber pilot. Lieutenant Symonds’ wife, Mrs. Mary Symonds and son, Alfred G. Symonds III, reside with her parents in Portland, Oregon. His brother, Ensign Richard Symonds, USNR, is stationed on a PT boat at Newport, Rhode Island and has received special permission to be home with his family this weekend. Prayers for Lieutenant Symonds will be said in Trinity Episcopal Church on Sunday morning at the 10 o’clock service by the rector-in-charge, Reverend Robert B.B. Foote.

Published by jeffd1121

USAF retiree. Veteran advocate. Committed to telling the stories of those who died while in the service of the country during wartime.

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