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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
TM 3c Marshall Davidson USN
SC 3c Lee Cox USN
MM 2c Fred Coburn USN
RM 3c James Chotas USN
MOMM 2c Henry Case USN
Sea 2c Robert Carey USN
PhM 1c Ross Capshaw USN
MOMM 2c Wilbur Campbell USN
CRM Thaddeus Bukowski USN
RDM 1c William Brasch USN
EM 3c James Brandt USN
MOMM 1c Forrest Boyer USN
QM 3c Ralph Bloodsworth USN
MOMM 1c Robert Blanan USN
EM 3c James Bennett USN
TM 2c Frederick Bell USN
SC 1c James Barnett USN
MOMM 2c Harold Barbour USN
MOMM 1c Stanley Bangert USN


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