Cornelius Paul

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Cornelius Paul, Jr (died July 30, 1942 in the north Atlantic) was a Mess Attendant 2nd Class aboard the USS Grunion (SS-216), a submarine which was sunk near the Japanese-controlled Kiska Island, on the western tip of the Aleutian chain. The submarine was damaged during an attack on the Japanese freighter Kano Mura. After the submarine's torpedoes failed to cripple the freighter the submarine surfaced to use its guns, but was hit by the freighter's deck guns, causing an explosion, and was lost.

Paul was the son of Cornelius and Annie Lou Paul who lived in Woodlawn. Cornelius, Jr worked at the Fadely Drug Store at 6733 1st Avenue North before he enlisted in the Navy.


  • Bryant, Walter (October 5, 2007) "Search starts for kin of black submariner killed in WWII." Birmingham News.

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