Bennett, James Wesley, EM3c

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Last Rank
Petty Officer Third Class
Last Primary NEC
EM-0000-Electrician's Mate
Last Rating/NEC Group
Electrician's Mate
Primary Unit
1944-1944, EM-0000, USS Grayback (SS-208)
Service Years
1942 - 1944
EM-Electrician's Mate

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Home State
Colorado
Colorado
Year of Birth
1922
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Eaton, CO
Last Address
Eaton, CO

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. Electrician's Mate Third Class Bennett was listed as Missing in Action and later declared dead 12 January 1946.
   
Comments/Citation

Service number: 6186324

Submarine war patrols:
USS Whale (SS-239) - 2nd through 5th
USS Nautilus (SS-168) - 7th
USS Grayback (SS-208) - 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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Submarine Enlisted Badge
Submarine Combat Patrol Badge - 6 Patrols

 
 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1942, Recruit Training (Great Lakes, IL)
 Duty Stations
USS Nautilus (SS-168)USS Whale (SS-239)USS Grayback (SS-208)
  1942-1942, S2c-0000, USS Nautilus (SS-168)
  1942-1943, EM-0000, USS Whale (SS-239)
  1943-1944, EM-0000, USS Nautilus (SS-168)
  1944-1944, EM-0000, USS Grayback (SS-208)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1943 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Gilbert Islands Operation
  1944-1944 USS GRAYBACK (SS-208) 10th War Patrol
 Other News, Events and Photographs
 
  Mar 01, 1943, Promoted to EM3
  Apr 10, 1944, Eaton Sailor is Missing in South Pacific1
  Aug 25, 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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