Marks, John Henry, MoMM1c

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Last Rank
Petty Officer First Class
Last Primary NEC
MO-0000-Motor Machinist/Oiler
Last Rating/NEC Group
Motor Machinistmate/Oiler
Primary Unit
1941-1943, MO-0000, USS Grayling (SS-209)
Service Years
1940 - 1943
MoMM - Motor Machinistmate/Oiler

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Home State
Mississippi
Mississippi
Year of Birth
1923
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Oakland
Last Address
Tupelo, Mississippi

Casualty Date
Sep 09, 1943
 
Cause
Hostile, Died while Missing
Reason
Lost At Sea-Unrecovered
Location
Philippines
Conflict
USS Grayling (SS-209)
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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Submarine Enlisted Badge
Submarine Combat Patrol Badge - 6 Patrols

 
 Duty Stations
USS Grayling (SS-209)
  1941-1943, MO-0000, USS Grayling (SS-209)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1945 Submarine War Patrols
  1941-1945 Submarine War Patrols
  1941-1945 Submarine War Patrols
  1941-1945 Submarine War Patrols
  1941-1945 Submarine War Patrols
  1941-1945 Submarine War Patrols
  1941-1945 Submarine War Patrols
  1941-1945 Submarine War Patrols
  1943-1943 USS Grayling (SS-209)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Grayling began her eighth and last war patrol in July from Fremantle. She made two visits to the coast of the Philippines, delivering supplies and equipment to guerrillas at Pucio Point, Pandan Bay, Panay, 31 July and 23 August 1943. Cruising in the Philippines area, Grayling recorded her last kill, the passenger-cargo Meizan Maru on 27 August in the Tablas Strait, but was not heard from again after 9 September. She was scheduled to make a radio report on 12 September, which she did not, and all attempts to contact her failed. Grayling was officially reported "lost with all hands" 30 September 1943.

On 27 August 1943, Japanese ships witnessed a torpedo attack, and the next day a surfaced submarine was seen, both in the Tablas Strait area, and then on 9 September a surfaced American submarine was seen inside Lingayen Gulf. All of these sightings correspond with Grayling's orders to patrol the approaches to Manila. On 9 September 1943, Japanese passenger-cargo vessel Hokuan Maru reported a submarine in shallow water west of Luzon. The ship made a run over the area and ?noted an impact with a submerged object.? No additional data are available.

No recorded Japanese attacks could have sunk Grayling. Her loss may have been operational or by an unrecorded attack. The only certainty, therefore, is that Grayling was lost between 9 September and 12 September 1943 either in Lingayen Gulf or along the approaches to Manila. ComTaskFor71 requested a transmission from Grayling on 12 September, but did not receive one.

Grayling was credited with five major kills, totaling 20,575 tons. All but the first of Grayling's eight war patrols were declared "successful". She received six battle stars for World War II service.
   
Comments/Citation

 
Name of Award
Navy and Marine Corps Medal

Year Awarded
1943
 
Details behind Award:
Awarded for actions during the World War II

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy and Marine Corps Medal (Posthumously) to Motor Machinist's Mate First Class John H. Marks (NSN: 2342274), United States Navy, for heroic conduct while serving in the U.S.S. GRAYLING (SS-209) during the Midway and sever other war patrols in Japanese waters. Motor Machinist's Mate First Class Marks maintained the operating condition of his ship in high efficiency. On one occasion he effected prompt repairs which restored the ship to normal use.

General Orders: Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 327 (June 1944)
Action Date: World War II
Service: Navy
Rank: Motor Machinist's Mate First Class
Division: U.S.S. Grayling (SS-209)
   
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