Forsythe, Joseph R., Jr., SM1c

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Last Rank
Signalman 1st Class
Last Primary NEC
SM-0000-Signalman
Last Rating/NEC Group
Signalman
Primary Unit
1941-1944, SM-0000, USS Grayback (SS-208)
Service Years
1935 - 1944
SM-Signalman
Two Hash Marks

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Home State
New Jersey
New Jersey
Year of Birth
1916
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Cresskill, NJ
Last Address
Harrington Park, NJ

Casualty Date
Feb 26, 1944
 
Cause
Hostile, Died while Missing
Reason
Lost At Sea-Unrecovered
Location
Pacific Ocean
Conflict
USS Grayback (SS-208)
Location of Interment
Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial - Honolulu, Hawaii
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Cenotaph

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World War II FallenWWII Memorial National RegistryUnited States Navy Memorial The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2013, World War II Fallen [Verified]
  2014, WWII Memorial National Registry
  2014, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
  2014, The National Gold Star Family Registry


 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Grayback’s tenth patrol, her most successful in terms of tonnage sunk, was also to be her last. She sailed from Pearl Harbor on 28 January 1944, for the East China Sea. On 24 February Grayback radioed that she had sunk two cargo ships 19 February and had damaged two others (Taikei Maru and Toshin Maru sunk). On 25 February she transmitted her second and final report. That morning she had sunk tanker Nanho Maru and severely damaged Asama Maru. With only two torpedoes remaining, she was ordered home from patrol. Due to reach Midway on 7 March, Grayback did not arrive. On 30 March ComSubPac listed her as missing and presumed lost with all hands.

From captured Japanese records the submarine's last few days can be pieced together. Heading home through the East China Sea after attacking convoy Hi-40 on 24 February, Grayback used her last two torpedoes to sink the freighter Ceylon Maru on 27 February. That same day, a Japanese carrier-based plane spotted a submarine on the surface in the East China Sea and attacked. According to Japanese reports the submarine "exploded and sank immediately," but antisubmarine craft were called in to depth-charge the area, clearly marked by a trail of air bubbles, until at last a heavy oil slick swelled to the surface. Grayback had ended her last patrol, one which cost the enemy some 21,594 tons of shipping.

Grayback ranked 20th among all submarines in total tonnage sunk with 63,835 tons and 24th in number of ships sunk with 14. The submarine and crew had received two Navy Unit Commendations for their seventh, eighth, ninth, and tenth war patrols.

Grayback received eight battle stars for World War II service.
   
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  1941-1944, SM-0000, USS Grayback (SS-208)

SM-Signalman

From Month/Year
September / 1941

To Month/Year
February / 1944

Unit
USS Grayback (SS-208) Unit Page

Rank
Petty Officer First Class

NEC
SM-0000-Signalman

Location
Not Specified

Country/State
Not Specified
 
 
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 USS Grayback (SS-208) Details

USS Grayback (SS-208)

The USS Grayback (SS-208) was a Tambor-class World War II era submarine. 
Grayback was named for a small species of lake herring of commercial importance found abundantly in the Great Lakes.
Keel laid: 04/03/1940
Launched: 01/31/1941

Commissioned: 06/30/1941
Sunk 02/26/1944
Specifications:
Radio call sign: Nan - Baker - King - Fox
Displacement:
Surfaced: 1,475 tons
Submerged: 2,370 tons
Length 307'2'
Beam 27' 3"
Draft 13' 3"
Speed:
Surfaced 20 kts
Submerged 8.75 kts
Complement 6 Officers 54 Enlisted
Operating Depth, 300 ft
Submerged Endurance, 48 hrs at 2 kts
Patrol Endurance 75 days
Cruising Range, 11,000 miles surfaced at 10 kts
Armament:
Ten 21" torpedo tubes, six forward, four aft
24 torpedoes
One 3"/50 deck gun
Two .50 cal. machine guns
Two .30 cal. machine guns

Propulsion, diesel electric reduction gear with four General Motors main generator engines, HP 5400, Four General Electric main motors, HP 2740, two 126-cell main storage batteries, twin propellers.
Fuel Capacity, 96,365 gals.


Commanding Officers:
LT W. E. Saunders 06/30/1941 - 09/22/21942
LCDR E. C. Stephen 09/22/1942 - 07/19/1943
LCDR J. A. Moore 07/19/1943 - 02/26/1944
 
Executive Officers:
LCDR R. E. Nichols 06/30/1941 - 04/25/1943
LT J. H. Stewart  04/25/1943 - 02/26/1944


 

JANAC Score for the USS Grayback (SS-208)


 

Patrol
No.
Date
DD-MM-YY
Vessel
Name
Vessel
Type
Tonnage
Sunk
Location
Sunk
 
2 17-May-42 Ishikari Maru Cargo 3,291 27-05N, 142-05E
 
5 02-Jan-43 I-18 Submarine 2,180 8-49S, 157-09E
 
7 11-May-43 Yodogawa Maru Cargo 6,441 00-47S, 149-02E
 
7 17-May-43 England Maru Cargo 5,830 1-00S, 148-40E
 
8 14-Oct-43 Kozui Maru Passenger-
Cargo
7,072 27-35N, 127-27E
 
8 22-Oct-43 Awata Maru Ex-Light
Cruiser
7,397 26-48N, 124-56E
 
9 18-Dec-43 Gyokurei Maru Cargo 5,588 26-22N, 128-20E
 
9 19-Dec-43 Numakaze Destroyer 1,300 26-29N, 128-26E
 
9 21-Dec-43 Konan Maru Cargo 2,627 3-24N, 129-53E
 
9 21-Dec-43 Kashiwa Maru Ex-Net
Tender
515 30-24N, 129-53E
 
10 19-Feb-44 Taikei Maru Cargo 4,739 21-46N, 120-06E
 
10 19-Feb-44 Toshin Maru Cargo 1,917 21-46N, 120-06E
 
10 24-Feb-44 Nampo Maru Tanker 10,033 24-20N, 122-25E
 
10 27-Feb-44 Ceylon Maru Cargo 4,905 31-50N, 127-45E
 
TOTALS     14 vessels 63,835 tons  


Type
Sub-Surface Vessels

Existing/Disbanded
Sunk

Parent Unit
Submarines

Strength
Submarine

Created/Owned By
EM Weekly, Kent (SS/DSV) (DBF), EMCS 5457
   

Last Updated: Jul 7, 2014
   
   
My Photos For This Unit
Submarines/USS Grayback (SS-208)
77 Members Also There at Same Time
USS Grayback (SS-208)

Irizarry, Robert Angelo, PO3, (1941-1944) SM SM-0000 Signalman 3rd Class
Solomon, Sidney, PO3, (1942-1944) SM SM-0000 Signalman 3rd Class
Moore, John Anderson, CDR, (1932-1944) OFF 112X Commander
Smith, Carthel Hill, LCDR, (1940-1944) OFF 112X Lieutenant Commander
Frazee, Murray Bennett, CAPT, (1939-1966) OFF 112X Lieutenant
Stewart, Jesse Hamilton, LT, (1937-1944) OFF 112X Lieutenant
Rauber, Vincent Murray, ENS, (1943-1944) OFF 117X Ensign
Bukowski, Thaddeus, CPO, (1937-1944) RM RM-2333 Chief Petty Officer
Knops, Harry Theodore, CPO, (1926-1944) EM EM-0000 Chief Petty Officer
Shaw, Ralph Theodore, CPO, (1936-1944) TM TM-0000 Chief Petty Officer
Nicholson, William Gerard, CPO, (1934-1944) MO MO-0000 Chief Petty Officer
Stanford, Lee Carroll, CPO, (1937-1944) MO MO-0000 Chief Petty Officer
Jones, James Acton, PO1, (1941-1944) TM TM-0000 Torpedoman 1st Class
Sessler, Edward Francis, PO1, (1940-1944) TM TM-0000 Torpedoman 1st Class
Bangert, Stanley Henry, PO1, (1938-1944) MO MO-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Barnett, James Edgar, PO1, (1942-1944) SC SC-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Blanan, Robert Philip, PO1, (1938-1944) MO MO-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Boyer, Forrest Lyddle, PO1, (1937-1944) MO MO-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Capshaw, Ross Lillard, PO1, (1937-1944) PhM PhM-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Halpert, Alfred Sander, PO1, (1940-1944) RM RM-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Hansen, Robert Vernon, PO1, (1942-1944) RT RT-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Hefler, Theodore, PO1, (1940-1944) EM EM-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Hitch, Richard Beverly, PO1, (1939-1944) EM EM-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Parks, Raymond Anthony, PO1, (1939-1944) EM EM-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Waliszewski, Stanley Joseph, PO1, (1940-1944) SC SC-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Wyatt, John Clinton, PO1, (1940-1944) GM GM-0000 Gunner's Mate 1st Class
Hall, Frederick Ansley, PO2, (1942-1944) TM TM-0000 Torpedoman 2nd Class
Holzmann, Frederick Charles, PO2, (1941-1944) TM TM-0000 Torpedoman 2nd Class
Jackson, August Norbert, PO2, (1941-1944) TM TM-0000 Torpedoman 2nd Class
O'Meara, Thomas Francis, PO2, (1941-1944) TM TM-0000 Torpedoman 2nd Class
Hrudka, Albert, PO2, (1942-1944) QM QM-0000 Quartermaster 2nd Class
Barbour, Harold Xen, PO2, (1941-1944) MO MO-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Bell, Frederick Richard, PO2, (1941-1944) TM TM-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Campbell, Wilbur Edward, PO2, (1941-1944) MO MO-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Case, Henry Lawrence, PO2, (1941-1944) MO MO-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Coburn, Fred Martin, PO2, (1941-1944) MO MO-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Fox, Kenneth Winfield, PO2, (1942-1944) MO MO-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Gavlak, Charles Bernard, PO2, (1940-1944) FC FC-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Koller, Walter Allan, PO2, (1941-1944) MO MO-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Meyers, Louis Joseph, PO2, (1941-1944) MO MO-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Davidson, Marshall Ray, PO3, (1942-1944) TM TM-0000 Torpedoman 3rd Class
Jackson, August Norbert, PO2, (1941-1944) TM TM-0000 Torpedoman 3rd Class
Lockyer, Douglas Henry Norman, PO3, (1941-1944) TM TM-0000 Torpedoman 3rd Class
Meyer, Frederick William H, PO3, (1942-1944) TM TM-0000 Torpedoman 3rd Class
Southern, August Henry, PO3, (1942-1944) TM TM-0000 Torpedoman 3rd Class
Bennett, James Wesley, PO3, (1942-1944) EM EM-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Bloodsworth, Ralph, PO3, (1942-1944) YN YN-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Brandt, James Lester, PO3, (1942-1944) EM EM-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Chotas, James Nick, PO3, (1940-1944) RM RM-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Cox, Lee Roy, PO3, (1942-1944) SC SC-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Fieber, Clifton Eugene, PO3, (1942-1944) EM EM-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Forward, Jack Dewey, PO3, (1942-1943) EM EM-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Francis, Milton Lawrence, PO3, (1942-1944) MO MO-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
George, Marshall Lee, PO3, (1942-1944) MO MO-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Gray, John Henry, PO3, (1942-1944) MO MO-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Leaf, Leslie Harold, PO3, (1941-1944) MO MO-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Northam, James Thomas, PO3, (1942-1944) EM EM-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Pinho, Alfred, PO3, (1942-1944) EM EM-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Ralston, Wilbur Lee, PO3, (1942-1944) EM EM-0000 Petty Officer Third Class

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