Chotas, James Nick, RM3c

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Last Rank
Petty Officer Third Class
Last Primary NEC
RM-0000-Radioman
Last Rating/NEC Group
Radioman
Primary Unit
1944-1944, RM-0000, USS Grayback (SS-208)
Service Years
1940 - 1944
RM-Radioman

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Home State
Georgia
Georgia
Year of Birth
1923
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Atlanta, GA
Last Address
117 Luckie St
Northwest Atlanta, GA

Casualty Date
Feb 26, 1944
 
Cause
Hostile, Died while Missing
Reason
Lost At Sea-Unrecovered
Location
Pacific Ocean
Conflict
World War II
Location of Interment
Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial - Honolulu, Hawaii
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Cenotaph

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 Military Association Memberships
World War II FallenUnited States Navy Memorial The National Gold Star Family RegistryWW II Memorial National Registry
  2014, World War II Fallen [Verified]
  2014, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
  2014, The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2014, WW II Memorial National Registry

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Submarine Enlisted Badge
Submarine Combat Patrol Badge

 
 Duty Stations
USS Gar (SS-206)USS Grayback (SS-208)
  1942-1942, SA-0000, USS Gar (SS-206)
  1944-1944, RM-0000, USS Grayback (SS-208)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1945 Submarine War Patrols
  1943-1944 USS GRAYBACK (SS-208) 9th War Patrol
  1944-1944 USS GRAYBACK (SS-208) 10th War Patrol
  1944-1944 USS Grayback (SS-208)
 Other News, Events and Photographs
 
  Nov 29, 1940, Service entry date and Serial Number
  Apr 13, 1942, Received on USS Gar from USS Tambor (Flag Allowance) SubDiv 61
  Apr 16, 1942, Received on the USS Gar
  Nov 23, 1942, Transferred to USS Tambor (Flag Allowance) SubDiv 61
  Jan 02, 1943, Received USS Tambor on the USS Pelias
  Feb 25, 1943, Transferred to USS Grenadier
  Jan 01, 1944, Received on USS Grayback
  Mar 28, 1944, Missing in Action
  Mar 29, 1945, Presumed Dead
  Jul 07, 2014, General Photos4
  Apr 20, 2016, Photo Rank Discrepancy
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Grayback’s tenth patrol, her most successful in terms of tonnage sunk, was also to be her last. She sailed from Pearl Harbor on 28 January 1944, for the East China Sea. On 24 February Grayback radioed that she had sunk two cargo ships 19 February and had damaged two others (Taikei Maru and Toshin Maru sunk). On 25 February she transmitted her second and final report. That morning she had sunk tanker Nanho Maru and severely damaged Asama Maru. With only two torpedoes remaining, she was ordered home from patrol. Due to reach Midway on 7 March, Grayback did not arrive. On 30 March ComSubPac listed her as missing and presumed lost with all hands.

From captured Japanese records the submarine's last few days can be pieced together. Heading home through the East China Sea after attacking convoy Hi-40 on 24 February, Grayback used her last two torpedoes to sink the freighter Ceylon Maru on 27 February. That same day, a Japanese carrier-based plane spotted a submarine on the surface in the East China Sea and attacked. According to Japanese reports the submarine "exploded and sank immediately," but antisubmarine craft were called in to depth-charge the area, clearly marked by a trail of air bubbles, until at last a heavy oil slick swelled to the surface. Grayback had ended her last patrol, one which cost the enemy some 21,594 tons of shipping.

Grayson CO, John Anderson Moore was posthumously awarded after this mission by third Navy Cross (see Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 336 (March 1945))

Grayback ranked 20th among all submarines in total tonnage sunk with 63,835 tons and 24th in number of ships sunk with 14. The submarine and crew had received two Navy Unit Commendations for their seventh, eighth, ninth, and tenth war patrols.

Grayback received eight battle stars for World War II service.
   
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