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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 1c Jesse Dunnavant USN
SC 3c Orville Fanning USN
Matt 1c Donald Fenner USN
SC 3c Ermino Gonzales USN
MOMM 1c Herbert Goodrum USN
RM 1c Arthur Griffith USN
Lt Robert Guiler USN
Sea 1c Wilbur Handy USN
Lt Edward Haupt USN
F 2c Walter Hendry USN
Sea 1c Hollis Herrin USN
MM 3c Michael Joyce USN
MM 1c Sam Kane USN
SM 1c Duane Kilpatrick USN
EM 1c Harris Larson USN
GM 3c Vernon Law USN
Sea 1c William Mcclure USN
SC 1c Rayhugh Michael USN
MOMM 1c George Mitchell USN
CEM Willard Moeller USN


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