Brinker, Robert Marion, LCDR

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Last Rank
Lieutenant Commander
Last Primary NEC
112X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Submarine Warfare
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1943-1943, 112X, USS Grayling (SS-209)
Service Years
1930 - 1943
Lieutenant Commander
Lieutenant Commander

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Park Ridge, IL
Last Address
Vallejo, CA

Casualty Date
Sep 09, 1943
Hostile, Died while Missing
Lost At Sea-Unrecovered
USS Grayling (SS-209)
Location of Interment
Manila American Cemetery - Taguig City, Philippines
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Tablets of the Missing (cenotaph)

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 Military Association Memberships
WW II Memorial National RegistryThe National Gold Star Family RegistryUnited States Navy Memorial World War II Fallen
  2013, WW II Memorial National Registry
  2013, The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2015, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
  2015, World War II Fallen

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Submarine Officer Badge
Submarine Combat Patrol Badge

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
US NavyUSS Thresher (SS-200)USS Tambor SS-198USS Grayling (SS-209)
  1939-1940, 117X, USS S-40 (SS-145)
  1940-1942, 117X, USS Thresher (SS-200)
  1943-1943, 112X, USS Tambor SS-198
  1943-1943, 112X, Submarine Division 62
  1943-1943, 112X, USS Grayling (SS-209)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1943 Submarine War Patrols
  1943-1943 USS Grayling (SS-209)
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Commanding Officer of the USS Grayling
  Sep 02, 1930, Service entry date
  Jun 19, 2015, General Photos1
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
USS GRAYLING (SS-209) stood out from Fremantle, Australia, on her eighth war patrol on 30 July 1943. The boat was fresh off a 24-day refit and had a brand-new C.O., Lieutenant Commander Robert M. Brinker. (His predecessor, Lieutenant Commander John Elwood Lee, had been recalled to the U.S. to take charge of new construction, USS CROAKER (SS-246).) GRAYLING made a quick stop at the Philippine island of Panay to drop off supplies with local guerrillas, then, on 19 August, reported damaging a freighter off the eastern coast of Borneo. The following day she took out a small tanker; her radioed report was the last transmission received from the boat.

The Panay guerrillas reported that GRAYLING delivered more supplies on the 23rd. On the 27th several Japanese ships witnessed the torpedoing of her last kill, the passenger/cargo ship Meizan Maru, in the nearby Tablas Strait. A surfaced sub, almost certainly GRAYLING, was observed in the same area the next day. A second sighting occurred on 9 September. She was supposed to report to her chain of command via radio on the twelfth, but the transmission never came and all attempts to raise the sub failed. She was declared overdue and presumed lost on 30 September.

The circumstances surrounding GRAYLING’s demise remain a mystery. Japanese records examined after the war include the sighting of an American sub in Lingayen Gulf on 9 September, but that was a good deal north of the boat’s assigned area, the entrance to Manila Bay, where she was to remain from the 2nd through the 10th; there is no reason to believe that LCDR Brinker disobeyed his orders. All we know for certain is that GRAYLING was lost sometime after her crew sank Meizan Maru.

The boat, which took 76 crewmembers to the bottom with her, received six battle stars for her service.
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