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The United States Navy Memorial

Navy Memorial Honoring the Men & Women of the Sea Services



Ship Designation: 
Date Lost: 
Friday, March 5, 1943
Lost at Sea

On February 11, 1943, Grampus, in company with Grayback (SS-208), departed Brisbane to patrol the Blackett Strait area. ... Grayback reported sighting Grampus in her assigned area on 4 March. Nothing further was seen or heard of Grampus and her crew of 71 following that date. ... Analysis of Japanese records after the war indicates that IJN destroyers Minegumo and Murakomo attacked and sank a submarine in that area on March 5, possibly by gunfire. Amplifying information is unavailable, since both destroyers were sunk on March 7, with the loss of their logs and battle reports.

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 71

Namesort descending Service Branch
MOMM 2c Louis Ball USN
EM 2c John Basel USN
CTM Walter Bathgate USN
Sea 2c Michael Beley USN
Lt(jg) John Benton USN
TM 1c Neil Berresford USN
MOMM 1c Vernon Biggy USN
OStd 3c Curtheal Black USN
TM 3c Robert Bohler USN
RM 3c Donald Bowlby USN
GM 2c Friedrick Brunner USN
CRM Walter Bruns USN
MM 3c William Burdette USN
Sea 1c Kenneth Chaffin USN
QM 3c Thomas Collins USN
EM 1c Thomas Conley USN
Sea 1c Eugene Corder USN
MOMM 2c Richard Corum USN
LCdr John Craig USN
F 1c Robert Dexter USN


Prepared by: J.P.O’Hara, CDR, USN (Ret.)