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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

Name Service Branchsort descending
EM 2c John Basel USN
MOMM 2c Richard Corum USN
CMOMM Charles Patrick USN
Sea 1c William Mcclure USN
MOMM 1c Herbert Goodrum USN
CTM Walter Bathgate USN
LCdr John Craig USN
TM 3c Verl Purdom USN
SC 1c Rayhugh Michael USN
Sea 1c Wilbur Handy USN
Sea 2c Michael Beley USN
TM 2c Marcus Shepard USN
CGM Lois Presley USN
MOMM 1c George Mitchell USN
Lt Edward Haupt USN
Lt(jg) John Benton USN
Sea 1c Francis Shafranski USN
F 1c Thomas Poyner USN
CEM Willard Moeller USN
Sea 1c Hollis Herrin USN


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