On Eternal Patrol

Philip Joseph Gabrunas


If you have ever been stationed in Pearl Harbor and especially on the Submarine Base….you will know up on the hill along North Road there is a ball field named, “Gabrunas Field”.

Also, there is a barracks building on Subase named, “Gabrunas Hall”.

Trivia: Who was “Gabrunas”?!

ANSWER: Philip Joseph Gabrunas was a Motor Machinist Mate Chief stationed on the submarine USS Sculpin SS-191.

On 19 November 943, Chief Gabrunas, a Boston native, was 29 years old, assigned to the submarine USS Sculpin SS-191 when it was sunk by a Japanese destroyer north of Oroluk, an island near Truk, located in the South Pacific.

Chief Gabrunas was manning the hydraulic manifold when the USS Sculpin was sunk.

Chief Gabrunas went down with the sub, he knew his fate and accepted it, and he is credited with saving several lives of his fellow shipmates.

Chief Gabrunas was awarded a Silver Star and Purple Heart posthumously for his actions,

Chief Gabrunas is on eternal patrol.



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