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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
RDM 1c William Brasch USN
Y 2c Vance Davis USN
Sea 1c Raymond Lariviere USN
SC 1c Stanley Waliszewski USN
RM 3c Isauro Silveira USN
CRM Thaddeus Bukowski USN
Cox James Dodson USN
TM 1c James Jones USN
Lt Jesse Stewart USN
EM 3c Sidney Solomon USN
MOMM 2c Wilbur Campbell USN
Sea 1c Earl Halvorson USN
SM 3c Robert Irizarry USN
Sea 2c Robert Stockman USN
TM 1c Edward Sessler USN
PhM 1c Ross Capshaw USN
Sea 1c Lester Handlowich USN
TM 2c August Jackson USN
TM 3c August Southern USN
CTM Ralph Shaw USN


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