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The United States Navy Memorial

Navy Memorial Honoring the Men & Women of the Sea Services



Ship Designation: 
Date Lost: 
Sunday, February 27, 1944
Attack in the East China Sea
On February 27, 1944, returning through the East China Sea, Grayback expended her last two torpedoes in sinking the cargo ship Ceylon Maru. She did not report this sinking, and was never heard from again. ... Post-war study of Japanese records indicated that an ASW aircraft spotted a surfaced submarine that same day on Grayback’s intended track and attacked with bombs. The reports note that the submarine exploded and sank immediately. Subsequent depth charge attacks by surface units brought up a trail of bubbles and a heavy oil slick. ... Grayback completed nine patrols before being lost on the tenth, her most successful. She accounted for a confirmed total 13 1/2 ships, (63,850 tons), including the IJN submarine I-18. This placed her number 20 in the list of high scoring Pacific submarines.

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 79

Namesort ascending Service Branch
GM 1c John Wyatt USN
SC 1c Stanley Waliszewski USN
Sea 2c Robert Stockman USN
Lt Jesse Stewart USN
CMOMM Lee Stanford USN
TM 3c August Southern USN
EM 3c Sidney Solomon USN
Lt Carthel Smith USN
RM 3c Isauro Silveira USN
CTM Ralph Shaw USN
TM 1c Edward Sessler USN
Sea 2c George Schellinger USN
Lt Williams Roy USN
Std 2c Vicente Rivera USN
Ens Vincent Rauber USN
EM 3c Wilbur Ralston USN
EM 3c Alfred Pinho USN
Lt(jg) Melvin Phillips USN
EM 1c Raymond Parks USN
TM 2c Thomas Omeara USN


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