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The United States Navy Memorial

Navy Memorial Honoring the Men & Women of the Sea Services



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

Name Service Branchsort descending
Lt(jg) John Benton USN
Sea 1c Francis Shafranski USN
F 1c Thomas Poyner USN
CEM Willard Moeller USN
Sea 1c Hollis Herrin USN
TM 1c Neil Berresford USN
EM 1c William Schmidt USN
MOMM 2c Wendell Walters USN
MM 3c Michael Joyce USN
F 2c Walter Hendry USN
MOMM 1c Vernon Biggy USN
TM 3c Chester Rudd USN
MM 1c Louis Tremmel USN
MM 1c Sam Kane USN
MOMM 1c Norman Wilson USN
OStd 3c Curtheal Black USN
Lt Alvin Sbisa USN
F 1c Roger Trego USN
GM 3c Vernon Law USN
TM 3c Robert Bohler USN