Harper, Joseph Kirby, PO2

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Last Rank
Petty Officer Second Class
Last Primary NEC
FC-0000-Fire Controlman
Last Rating/NEC Group
Fire Controlman
Primary Unit
1942-1943, FC-0000, USS Grayling (SS-209)
Service Years
1942 - 1943
FC-Fire Controlman

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Home State
Tennessee
Tennessee
Year of Birth
1917
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Lenoir City, TN
Last Address
Lenoir City, TN

Casualty Date
Sep 09, 1943
 
Cause
Hostile-Body Not Recovered
Reason
Other Explosive Device
Location
Pacific Ocean
Conflict
World War II
Location of Interment
Manila American Cemetery and Memorial - Manila, Philippines
Wall/Plot Coordinates
(cenotaph)

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 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

USS Grayling (SS-209) departed Fremantle on 30 July 1943, for her eighth patrol, going through Makassar Strait and thence to the Philippine area. On 19 August, she reported having damaged a 6,000 ton freighter near Balikpapan, and the following day told of having sunk a 250 ton Taki Maru type pocket tanker by gunfire in Sibutu Passage, taking one man prisoner. This was the last report received direct from Grayling. On 23 August, she completed a special mission at Pandan Bay, Panay, delivering cargo to guerrillas. This mission was reported by guerrillas. Then she departed for Tablas Strait, there to reconnoiter until 2 September, when she would patrol approaches to Manila until 10 September. She was to return to Pearl Harbor for refit, passing from SubSoWesPac to Subpac on 13 September. She was not heard from after 20 August 1943, and on 30 September 1943, Grayling was reported as presumed lost. It is certain that Grayling was lost between 9 and 12 September 1943 either in Lingayen Gulf or along the approaches to Manila.
 
FC2 Harper was a member of the crew and was listed as missing in action and later declared dead.
   
Comments/Citation

Service number: 6401676

Submarine war patrols: USS Grayling (SS-209) - 5th through 8th

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Submarine Enlisted Badge
Submarine Combat Patrol Badge - 4 Patrols

 
 Duty Stations
NAVSUBASE New London/GrotonUSS Triton (SS-201)USS Grayling (SS-209)
  1942-1942, S1c-0000, NAVSUBASE New London/Groton
  1942-1942, S1c-0000, USS Triton (SS-201)
  1942-1943, FC-0000, USS Grayling (SS-209)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1943 USS Grayling (SS-209)
 Other News, Events and Photographs
 
  Dec 01, 1942, Promoted to FC3
  Jun 01, 1943, Promoted to FC2
  Jan 17, 2018, General Photos
 Military Association Memberships
The National Gold Star Family RegistryWorld War II FallenUnited States Navy Memorial WW II Memorial National Registry
  2018, The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2018, World War II Fallen
  2018, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
  2018, WW II Memorial National Registry
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