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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

Name Service Branchsort descending
MOMM 2c Carmine Campana USN
Y 2c Charles Kysar USN
MOMM 1c Jerry Goodnight USN
F 1c Robert Simpson USN
RM 2c John Young USN
CMOMM John Chockley USN
MOMM 1c James Kelly USN
MOMM 1c John Pawloski USN
TM 1c John Simpkins USN
Sea 1c Robert Zabs USN
GM 1c Ben Clark USN
Sea 1c Woodrow Kelley USN
GM 2c Anthony Parrino USN
CMM Robert Small USN
F 1c Curtis Clark USN
RM 3c Donald Keplinger USN
MM 3c Albert Rainault USN
Sea 2c Alexander Sawerbrey USN
SM 2c Robert Corbett USN
Cox Fred Donaldson USN


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