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The United States Navy Memorial

Navy Memorial Honoring the Men & Women of the Sea Services



Ship Designation: 
Date Lost: 
Thursday, September 9, 1943
Lost on Patrol
The precise date and details of her loss are unknown. She had been ordered to patrol the approaches to Manila until 10 September following a guerilla re-supply mission at Panay. Guerillas confirmed completion of this mission on 23 August, but the last communication with Grayling was received 19 August. Post-war analysis of Japanese records indicates that a surfaced submarine was sighted in Lingayen Gulf on 9 September and that a freighter had been attacked in that area on that date. There is no record of counter attacks. On the same date, the Japanese passenger-cargo vessel Hokuan Maru reported sighting a submarine submerged in shallow water west of Luzon and made a pass over it. The ship noted an impact with a submerged object, which may have been Grayling. In the absence of further communication, Grayling was declared lost on 30 September.

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 75

Namesort ascending Service Branch
Ens Wilbert Dallaire USN
Lt Harvey Criswell USN
SM 2c Robert Corbett USN
GM 1c Ben Clark USN
F 1c Curtis Clark USN
CMOMM John Chockley USN
MOMM 2c Carmine Campana USN
MOMM 2c James Bush USN
EM 2c Jesse Burch USN
LCdr Robert Brinker USN
EM 1c George Boyne USN
Lt(jg) John Booker USN
EM 2c Amos Beavers USN
TM 1c Ervin Baker USN
LCdr Daniel Arnold USN


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