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First Name: Joseph

Last Name: Bourland

Birthplace: Clarendon, TX, USA

Gender: Male

Branch: Navy (present)


Home of Record: Clarendon, TX
Middle Name: H.

Date of Birth: 31 January 1911

Date of Death: 02 January 1946 (Official)

MIA Date: 20 July 1943

Rank or Rate: Lieutenant Commander

Years Served:
Joseph Hunt Bourland

Graduate, U.S. Naval Academy, Class of 1933

•  World War II (1941 - 1945)


Joseph Hunt Bourland

Lieutenant Commander, U. S. Navy

Silver Star

Submarine Force Board Awards: Serial 0443 (July 16, 1945)
The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Lieutenant Commander Joseph Hunt Bourland (NSN: 0-72277), United States Navy, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action as Assistant Approach Officer on board the U.S.S. RUNNER (SS-275), during the FIRST War Patrol of that vessel against enemy Japanese surface forces in the Toagel Mlungui Passage, Palau, from January 18 to March 7, 1943.
Skilled and courageous in the performance of duty, Lieutenant Commander Bourland rendered invaluable service during the execution of a daylight, submerged attack in restricted waters, contributing materially to the achievement of the RUNNER in sinking three Japanese freighters totaling 19,815 tons and the damaging of two additional ships totaling 14,189 tons and to her success in evading severe enemy countermeasures. Lieutenant Commander Bourland's heroic conduct throughout was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

The USS Runner was declared missing on 20 July 1943 with 78 officers and men onboard.

Origin of Nickname/Handle:

Texas WWII Exceptional Gallantry

Honoree ID: 88610   Created by: MHOH




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