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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

Name Service Branchsort descending
RM 3c James Chotas USN
RT 1c Robert Hansen USN
QM 2c Albert Hrudka USN
EM 1c Raymond Parks USN
MOMM 1c Stanley Bangert USN
MM 2c Fred Coburn USN
EM 1c Theodore Hefler USN
TM 2c Frederick Holzmann USN
Lt(jg) Melvin Phillips USN
MOMM 2c Harold Barbour USN
SC 3c Lee Cox USN
FC 2c Charles Gavlak USN
F 1c William Hooks USN
EM 3c Alfred Pinho USN
SC 1c James Barnett USN
SM 1c Joseph Forsythe USN
Std 1c Bernardino Gildo USN
Lt(jg) Robert Littlejohn USN
TM 2c Thomas Omeara USN
TM 2c Frederick Bell USN


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