NCDUs Arsenault, Frederick Lawrence

Operation Bulbasket
By Paul McCue
Merrill's Marauders
By Gavin Mortimer

John Robertson

Staff member
Frederick Lawrence
  • UNIT
U.S.N.R. NCDU (attached USS USS Brant)
  • RANK
Shipfitter Second Class
Navy Cross
North Africa 1942
from Brewer,Maine
born 13.4.1917 Brewer, Maine
father Henry Joseph Arsenault (1885-1959)
mother Annie M. (nee Campbell) (1891-1921)
14.04.1942 enlisted
07.06.1942 married Jean Caroline (nee Cameron) (1917-2000)
22.03.1946 discharged
last known residence Wilmington, Middlesex County, Massachusetts
3 children (Linda, Glenn & Frederick Jr)
died 9.12.1988, Woburn, Massachusetts


Navy Cross : The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Shipfitter Second Class Frederick Lawrence Arsenault, United States Naval Reserve, for extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty as member of a demolition party attached to the U.S.S. BRANT (ARS-32), during the assault on and occupation of French Morocco from 8 to 11 November 1942. Assigned the extremely dangerous task of cutting through an enemy obstruction in order that the U.S.S. DALLAS could navigate up the Sebou River, Shipfitter Second Class Arsenault and his shipmates, on the night of 9 November proceeded with grim determination toward their objective. Despite the treacherous surf, he and his comrades skillfully and courageously accomplished their hazardous mission of cutting the cables at the mouth of the river, just as guns from the French fort opened fire. Countering the enemy's attack until out of range, Shipfitter Second Class Arsenault and the other members of his party, in spite of enormous breakers which battered their boat and washed one of the machine guns overboard, finally brought her back to safety. His throughout this action reflects great credit upon himself, and was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

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