Clark, Ben Robert, GM1c

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Last Rank
Gunner's Mate 1st Class
Last Primary NEC
GM-0000-Gunner's Mate
Last Rating/NEC Group
Gunner's Mate
Primary Unit
1942-1943, GM-0000, USS Grayling (SS-209)
Service Years
1939 - 1943
GM-Gunner's Mate

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Kaufman, TX
Last Address
317 NE 12st
Grand Prairie, TX
(Parents~Mr&Mrs James Laffett Clark)

Casualty Date
Sep 09, 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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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 crew members to the bottom with her, received six battle stars for her service.
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 Ribbon Bar
Submarine Combat Patrol Badge - 4 Patrols

 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1939, Recruit Training (San Diego, CA)
 Duty Stations
USS Maryland (BB-46)USS Triton (SS-201)USS Grayling (SS-209)
  1939-1941, GM-0000, USS Maryland (BB-46)
  1942-1942, GM-0000, USS Triton (SS-201)
  1942-1943, GM-0000, USS Grayling (SS-209)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1945 Submarine War Patrols
  1943-1943 USS Grayling (SS-209)
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Oct 10, 1939, Service Entry Date and Serial Number
  Dec 20, 1939, Received on the USS Maryland From USNTS San Diego for Duty
  Feb 10, 1940, Promoted to Seaman 2nd Class or S2c
  Nov 16, 1940, Promoted to Seaman 1st Class or S1c
  Jul 01, 1941, Promoted GM3c
  Oct 31, 1941, Transferred To SubTraSch New London, CT
  Dec 14, 1941, Was in Transit to San Francisco When War was declared
  Mar 07, 1942, For Fleet Transfer to Pearl Harbor VIA USS Wharton from San Francisco
  Mar 16, 1942, Transferred to Receiving Station Pearl Harbor for Assignment
  Mar 16, 1942, Received on the USS Triton
  May 01, 1942, Promoted GM2c
  Dec 31, 1942, Transferred to USS Grayling
  Feb 01, 1943, Promoted GM1c
  Sep 24, 1943, Listed as Missing In Action
  Jan 03, 1946, Changed to Presumed Dead
  Jun 27, 2016, General Photos1
 Military Association Memberships
World War II FallenUnited States Navy Memorial The National Gold Star Family RegistryWW II Memorial National Registry
  2016, World War II Fallen
  2016, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
  2016, The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2016, WW II Memorial National Registry
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