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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

Namesort descending Service Branch
F 3c Merlin Mathis USN
CTM George Mulvenna USN
Lt John Nichols USN
Bkr 1c Clyde Nichols USN
F 1c Henry Oeldemann USN
EM 1c Robert Oliver USN
GM 2c Anthony Parrino USN
MOMM 1c John Pawloski USN
MM 3c Albert Rainault USN
Std 2c Jose Santos USN
Sea 2c Alexander Sawerbrey USN
Elec Carl Schmidt USN
EM 3c Howard Schmidtmeyer USN
TM 3c Glendon Scott USN
TM 3c Lloyd Sebourn USN
RM 2c Donald Sharrock USN
EM 3c William Shields USN
TM 1c John Simpkins USN
F 1c Robert Simpson USN
CMM Robert Small USN


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