Campbell, Wilbur Edward, MoMM2c

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Last Rank
Petty Officer Second Class
Last Primary NEC
MO-0000-Motor Machinist/Oiler
Last Rating/NEC Group
Motor Machinistmate/Oiler
Primary Unit
1942-1944, MO-0000, USS Grayback (SS-208)
Service Years
1941 - 1944
MoMM - Motor Machinistmate/Oiler

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Home State
Iowa
Iowa
Year of Birth
1921
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Not Specified
Last Address
2016 Florence St
Topeka, KS

Casualty Date
Feb 26, 1944
 
Cause
Hostile-Body Not Recovered
Reason
Other Explosive Device
Location
Pacific Ocean
Conflict
World War II
Location of Interment
Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial - Honolulu, Hawaii
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Court 5 (cenotaph)

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 Additional Information
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. Motor Machinist's Mate Second Class Campbell was listed as Missing in Action and later declared dead 12 January 1946.
   
Comments/Citation

Service number: 3424917

Submarine war patrols: USS Grayback (SS-208) - 2nd through 10th

Navy Unit Commendation
For outstanding heroism in action during the Seventh, Eighth, Ninth and Tenth War Patrols in the restricted waters of the Pacific. Tracking her targets relentlessly in wide coverage of her assigned sectors, the USS Grayback boldly penetrated formidable enemy screens to strike at every quarter. Repeatedly forced to deep submergence by unusually heavy depth charging, she continued to launch her torpedoes against strongly escorted convoys with deadly purpose and, under the 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 blocking of his life line of supply. Ceaseless in her vigilance and daring in her sustained offensive, she fought gallantly throughout numerous grueling patrols, rendering distinctive service in thwarting the war efforts of a fanatical enemy until she failed to return after the overwhelming counter-attack suffered during her Tenth War Patrol. The USS Grayback leaves behind her an inspiring tradition of intrepidity and aggressiveness, reflecting the valor, the daring seamanship and fortitude of her ship's company.

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 Ribbon Bar
Submarine Enlisted Badge
Submarine Combat Patrol Badge - 7 Patrols

 
 Duty Stations
USS Grayback (SS-208)
  1942-1944, MO-0000, USS Grayback (SS-208)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-42)/Guadalcanal-Tulagi landings
  1944-1944 USS Grayback (SS-208)
 Other News, Events and Photographs
 
  Jul 01, 1942, Promoted to F2c
  Jan 01, 1943, Promoted to F1c
  Jun 02, 1943, Promoted to MoMM2
  Mar 16, 2018, General Photos
 Military Association Memberships
United States Navy Memorial World War II FallenThe National Gold Star Family RegistryThe National Purple Heart Hall of Honor
WW II Memorial National Registry
  2018, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
  2018, World War II Fallen
  2018, The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2018, The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor [Verified]
  2018, WW II Memorial National Registry
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