Ball, Louis Dixon, MoMM2c

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Last Rank
Petty Officer Second Class
Last Primary NEC
MO-0000-Motor Machinist/Oiler
Last Rating/NEC Group
Motor Machinistmate/Oiler
Primary Unit
1941-1943, MO-0000, USS Grampus (SS-207)
Service Years
1941 - 1943
MoMM - Motor Machinistmate/Oiler

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Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
McCrory ,AR
Last Address
McCrory, AR

Casualty Date
Mar 05, 1943
Hostile, Died while Missing
Lost At Sea-Unrecovered
Pacific Ocean
World War II
Location of Interment
Manila American Cemetery - Taguig City, Philippines
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Tablets of the Missing (Cenotaph)

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 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

In company with USS Grayback, USS Grampus departed Brisbane on 11 February 1943, for her sixth war patrol from which she failed to return; the manner of her loss still remains a mystery. Japanese seaplanes reported sinking a submarine on 18 February in Grampus' patrol area, but Grayback reported seeing Grampus in that same area 4 March. On 5 March 1943, the Japanese destroyers Minegumo and Murasame conducted an attack preceding the Battle of Blackett Strait, near Kolombangara island. A heavy oil slick was sighted there the following day, indicating that Grampus may have been lost there in a night attack or gun battle against the destroyers. The Japanese destroyers had by then already been sunk in a night action with U.S. cruisers and destroyers.

When repeated attempts failed to contact Grampus, the submarine was declared missing and presumed lost with all hands. Her name was struck from the Naval Vessel Register on 21 June 1943.

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 Ribbon Bar
Submarine Enlisted Badge
Submarine Combat Patrol Badge - 4 Patrols

 Duty Stations
USS Grampus (SS-207)
  1941-1943, MO-0000, USS Grampus (SS-207)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1943 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  1942-1943 Submarine War Patrols
  1943-1943 Northern Solomon Islands Campaign (1943-44)/Sinking of the USS Grampus (SS-207)
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Jan 21, 1941, Service Entry Date & Serial Number 295-90-62
  Dec 13, 1941, Received at Receiving Ship San Diego, CA from Sub Base New London CT
  Dec 21, 1941, Transferred to Receiving Ship San Francisco, CA from Receiving Ship San Diego, CA
  Dec 22, 1941, Received USS Henderson for duty at ComSubRon SIX
  Jan 10, 1942, Transferred to ComSubRon SIX for Duty
  Feb 03, 1942, Received on the USS Grampus
  May 01, 1942, Promoted to Fireman 2nd Class (F2c) (e-3)
  Aug 01, 1942, Promoted to Fireman 1st Class (F1c) (E-4)
  Nov 01, 1942, Promoted to MM2c
  Sep 02, 1960, Memorial Marker also at Fakes Cemetery McCrory, AR2
  Mar 06, 2017, General Photos1
 Military Association Memberships
WW II Memorial National RegistryWorld War II FallenUnited States Navy Memorial The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2017, WW II Memorial National Registry
  2017, World War II Fallen
  2017, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
  2017, The National Gold Star Family Registry
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