Alson N. Drake

Alson Drake, 18, son of Mr. and Mrs. E. A. Drake, 128 Marshall Street, has been promoted from Fireman First Class to Electricianís Mate, according to word received from the Navy Landing Force, Equipment Depot, Norfolk, VA.

Anti-Submarine Warfare Studies by Lt. A. Drake
Lieutenant (junior grade) Alson N. Drake, U.S. Coast Guard, son of Mr. and Mrs. E. E. Drake, 319 West Grand Avenue, has completed seven months intensive training at the Office Training School at St. Augustine, FL. He graduated at the end  of four months and was selected to attend the Advanced Officer Training for three months of specialized training in anti-submarine warfare.

Lieutenant Drake has spent the past [?] days visiting his parents and his wife, Mrs. A. N. Drake, 809 Second Avenue, before reporting to the West Coast on December 9 for assignment to active duty in the South Pacific area.

Previous to his attending the officers school, he served 18 months as Captain of the port at St. Louis, MO.

He enlisted in October 1941 as a Chief Boatswain Mate after two years in the Coast Guard Reserve at La Crosse, where he organized and served as Commander of Flotilla No. 1.

Is Assigned to Coast Guard Post in Hawaii
HILO, Hawaii, T. H. (Delayed)--
Lieutenant Alson Neil Drake, United States Coast Guard Reserve, son of Mr. and Mrs. E. E. Drake of Eau Claire, Wisconsin, was recently appointed Executive Officer of the Captain of the Port Detail, with headquarters in Hilo, Hawaii, Coast Guard Headquarters, Washington, DC announces

A native of Eau Galle, Wisconsin, Lieutenant Drake enlisted in the Coast Guard on November 11, 1941 at St. Louis, Missouri as a Chief Boatswain Mate.

He served duty at the Captain of the Port, St. Louis and at the Coast Guard Training Station, St. Augustine, Florida, before being assigned aboard a patrol frigate operating in Southwest Pacific waters.

While aboard this vessel, Lieutenant Drake took part in the Leyte invasion, where his ship had the honor of firing the first shot in the battle for the Philippines. Upon his return to Pearl Harbor, the Hawaiian Islands, he was then assigned to his present post.

A graduate of Eau Claire Senior High School, he was a radio technician, before enlisting in the Coast Guard.

His wife, the former Alta Marie Roharge of Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, and two children, Jacklyn Anne, 11, and Linda Lee, 7, reside at 809 Second Avenue, Eau Claire.

Lieutenant Alson N. Drake of the Coast Guard, son of Mr. and Mrs. E. E. Drake, 319 West Grand Avenue, has been appointed Executive Officer of a Coast Guard base somewhere in the Pacific, after completing his assignment aboard a Coast Guard-manned frigate in Pacific waters. His wife and children reside at 809 Second Avenue.