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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 Military Association Memberships
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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  1941-1941, SM-0000, USS O-6 (SS-67)

SM-Signalman

From Month/Year
February / 1941

To Month/Year
September / 1941

Unit
USS O-6 (SS-67) Unit Page

Rank
Petty Officer Second Class

NEC
SM-0000-Signalman

Location
Not Specified

Country/State
Not Specified
 
 
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 USS O-6 (SS-67) Details

USS O-6 (SS-67)
Career
Name: USS O-6
Ordered: 3 March 1916
Builder: Fore River Shipbuilding Company, Quincy, Massachusetts
Laid down: 6 December 1916
Launched: 25 November 1917
Commissioned: 12 June 1918
Decommissioned: 9 June 1931
Recommissioned: 4 February 1941
Decommissioned: 11 September 1945
Struck: 11 September 1945
Fate: Sold for scrap, 4 September 1946
Scrapped, December 1946
General characteristics
Type: O class submarine
Displacement: 520.6 long tons (529 t) surfaced
629 long tons (639 t) submerged
Length: 172 ft 4 in (52.53 m)
Beam: 18 ft (5.5 m)
Draft: 14 ft 5 in (4.39 m)
Propulsion: Diesel-electric
2 × 440 hp (328 kW) diesel engines
2 × 370 hp (276 kW) electric motors
2 shafts
Speed: 14 knots (26 km/h; 16 mph) surfaced
10.5 knots (19.4 km/h; 12.1 mph) submerged
Complement: 2 officers, 27 men
Armament: • 4 × 18 in (457 mm) torpedo tubes, 8 torpedoes
• 1 × 3"/50 caliber deck gun


Type
Sub-Surface Vessels

Existing/Disbanded
Decommissioned

Parent Unit
Submarines

Strength
Submarine

Created/Owned By
ET McPhillips, Thomas, Jr. (Mac / ET3(SS)), ET3 276
   

Last Updated: Jul 7, 2014
   
   
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USS O-6 (SS-67)

Kornahrens, William Gregory, LT, (1939-1942) OFF 00X Lieutenant Junior Grade

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