Gavlak, Charles Bernard, 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
1943-1944, FC-0000, USS Grayback (SS-208)
Service Years
1940 - 1944
FC-Fire Controlman

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Houtzdale, PA
Last Address
Houtzdale, PA

Casualty Date
Feb 27, 1944
Hostile-Body Not Recovered
Other Explosive Device
Pacific Ocean
World War II
Location of Interment
Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial - Honolulu, Hawaii
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Court 3 (cenotaph)

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Last Known Activity

USS Grayback's (SS-208) 10th war patrol, her most successful, was also her last. She left Pearl Harbor, 28 January, 1944, and by 25 February had sunk three ships and damaged three others. On 27 February she sank another ship but was apparently attacked by carrier based aircraft (according to Japanese reports) and sunk. Fire Controlman Second Class Gavlak was listed as Missing in Action and later declared dead 12 January 1946.

Service number: 2506016

Submarine war patrols: USS Grayback (SS-208) - 9th and 10th

Navy Unit Commendation
For ourstanding heroism in action during the Seventh, Eighth, Ninth, and Tenth War Patrols in restricted waters of the Pacific. Tracking her targets relentlessly in wide coverage of her assigned sectors, the USS Grayback bodly penetrated formidable enemy screens to strike at every quarter. Repeatedly forced to deep submergence by unusually heavy deapth charging, she continued to launch her torpedoes against strongly escorted convoys with deadly purposes and, under superb handling of her skilled officers and men, achieved a notable combat record in vital ships sunk or damaged and contributed essentially to the steady weakening of the enemy's shipping strength and to the blocking of his life line of supply. Ceaseless in her vigilance and daring in her sustained offensive, she fought gallantly throughout numerous gruelling patrols, rendering distinctive service in thwarting the war efforts of a fanatical enemy until she failed to return after the overwhelming counter-attacks suffered during the Tenth War Patrol. The USS Grayback leaves behind her an imspiring tradition of intrepidity and aggressiveness, reflecting the valor, the daring seamanship and fortitude of her ship's company.

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Submarine Enlisted Badge
Submarine Combat Patrol Badge - 2 Patrols

 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1940, Recruit Training (Newport, RI)
 Duty Stations
US NavyUSS Prairie (AD-15)USS John Rodgers (DD-574)USS Grayback (SS-208)
  1941-1941, S2c-0000, USS Rhind (DD-404)
  1941-1941, S2c-0000, USS Prairie (AD-15)
  1941-1942, S2c-0000, USS Rhind (DD-404)
  1942-1942, S1c-0000, USS Wyoming (AG-17)
  1942-1943, FC-0000, USS Rhind (DD-404)
  1943-1943, FC-0000, USS John Rodgers (DD-574)
  1943-1944, FC-0000, USS Grayback (SS-208)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1941 Neutrality Operations in the North Atlantic
  1942-1942 Operation Torch/Naval Battle of Casablanca
  1942-1942 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Tunisia Campaign (1942-43)
  1944-1944 USS Grayback (SS-208)
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Dec 02, 1940, Five District Men Are Enlisted in Navy1
  Mar 25, 1941, Promoted to S2c
  Apr 02, 1941, Deck Court
  Dec 01, 1941, Promoted to S1c
  Aug 01, 1942, Promoted to FC3
  Jun 01, 1943, Promoted to FC2
  Feb 03, 2018, General Photos
 Military Association Memberships
The National Gold Star Family RegistryWorld War II FallenUnited States Navy Memorial The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor
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, The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor [Verified]
  2018, WW II Memorial National Registry
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