8 January 1946 Evening News of the Tonawandas
Navy Finally Lists Janish Dead at Sea
Secretary of the Navy James Forrestal informed Mr. and Mrs. Michael Janish of 162 Pine street, North Tonawanda, that their son, Radio Technician 1-c Frank M. Janish, 22, USNR, is now listed as dead after being missing since December, 1944, when the submarine Scamp failed to return from a war patrol.
First Class Petty Officer Janish, a radio operator aboard the Scamp, was the 143 Twin Cities serviceman to lose his life during World War II.
The Scamp, a new Navy sub, left Pearl Harbor on October 16, 1944 to attack Japanese shipping in the Bonin Islands (Half-way between Guam and Japan) and was last heard from on November 9 when the sub reported it was in its patrol area. The undersea craft was due back in Pearl Harbor on Dec. 5 and failed to arrive. No word of the ship or its crew has since been received by the Navy Department, Mr. Forrestal reported. The sub has a normal crew of 63.
A former student at North Tonawanda high school, Radio Technician Janish was employed at Darwin & Armstrong Contractors at the time of his enlistment in September, 1942. He volunteered for submarine service in Feb., 1944.
Besides his parents, he is survived by a sister, Mrs. Norman C. Anderson and a brother, Edmund.
A Memorial Mass will be held at 9 a.m., Saturday January 12, at the Ascension Church, Robinson street, North Tonawanda. Friends are invited to attend.