Nichols, John Thomas, Jr., LT

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Last Rank
Lieutenant
Last Primary NEC
112X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Submarine Warfare
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1942-1943, 112X, USS Grayling (SS-209)
Service Years
1940 - 1943
Lieutenant
Lieutenant

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Home State
Virginia
Virginia
Year of Birth
1918
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Norfolk
Last Address
Not Specified

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

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

 
 Duty Stations
USS Grayling (SS-209)
  1942-1943, 112X, USS Grayling (SS-209)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 Submarine War Patrols
  1943-1943 Submarine War Patrols
  1943-1943 Submarine War Patrols
  1943-1943 Submarine War Patrols
  1943-1943 USS Grayling (SS-209)
 Colleges Attended 
United States Naval Academy
  1936-1940, United States Naval Academy
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

On 27 August 1943, Japanese ships witnessed a torpedo attack. The next day, a surfaced submarine was seen 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.

ComTaskFor 71 requested a transmission from Grayling on 12 September, but did not receive one. All attempts to contact her failed. Grayling was officially reported "lost with all hands" on 30 September 1943.

   
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