Clark, Ben Robert, GM1c

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Last Rank
Gunner's Mate 1st Class
Last Primary NEC
GM-0000-Gunner's Mate
Last Rating/NEC Group
Gunner's Mate
Primary Unit
1942-1943, GM-0000, USS Grayling (SS-209)
Service Years
1939 - 1943
GM-Gunner's Mate

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Kaufman, TX
Last Address
317 NE 12st
Grand Prairie, TX
(Parents~Mr&Mrs James Laffett Clark)

Casualty Date
Sep 09, 1943
Hostile, Died while Missing
Lost At Sea-Unrecovered
Pacific Ocean
World War II
Location of Interment
Manila American Cemetery - Taguig City, Philippines
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Last Known Activity
USS GRAYLING (SS-209) stood out from Fremantle, Australia, on her eighth war patrol on 30 July 1943. The boat was fresh off a 24-day refit and had a brand-new C.O., Lieutenant Commander Robert M. Brinker. (His predecessor, Lieutenant Commander John Elwood Lee, had been recalled to the U.S. to take charge of new construction, USS CROAKER (SS-246).) GRAYLING made a quick stop at the Philippine island of Panay to drop off supplies with local guerrillas, then, on 19 August, reported damaging a freighter off the eastern coast of Borneo. The following day she took out a small tanker; her radioed report was the last transmission received from the boat.

The Panay guerrillas reported that GRAYLING delivered more supplies on the 23rd. On the 27th several Japanese ships witnessed the torpedoing of her last kill, the passenger/cargo ship Meizan Maru, in the nearby Tablas Strait. A surfaced sub, almost certainly GRAYLING, was observed in the same area the next day. A second sighting occurred on 9 September. She was supposed to report to her chain of command via radio on the twelfth, but the transmission never came and all attempts to raise the sub failed. She was declared overdue and presumed lost on 30 September.

The circumstances surrounding GRAYLING’s demise remain a mystery. Japanese records examined after the war include the sighting of an American sub in Lingayen Gulf on 9 September, but that was a good deal north of the boat’s assigned area, the entrance to Manila Bay, where she was to remain from the 2nd through the 10th; there is no reason to believe that LCDR Brinker disobeyed his orders. All we know for certain is that GRAYLING was lost sometime after her crew sank Meizan Maru.

The boat, which took 76 crew members to the bottom with her, received six battle stars for her service.
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  1939-1941, GM-0000, USS Maryland (BB-46)

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Ginn, James Blackburn, LTJG, (1938-1941) OFF 000X Lieutenant Junior Grade
Ashley, Robert, CPO EN EN-0000 Chief Petty Officer
Burch, Francis, CPO, (1940-1946) EM EM-0000 Chief Petty Officer
Daly, Roy, CPO, (1935-1966) CS CS-0000 Chief Petty Officer
Gregg, Ira Noble, CPO, (1923-1943) EM EM-0000 Chief Petty Officer
Carmack, William W., CPO, (1935-1955) BM BM-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Haaser, Francis Louis, PO1, (1936-1942) FC FC-0000 Fire Controlman 1st Class
Gardner, George, PO1, (1940-1946) RM RM-0000 Signalman 2nd Class
Brier, Claire Raymond, PO2, (1939-1941) MM MM-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Haaser, Francis Louis, PO1, (1936-1942) FC FC-0000 Fire Controlman 3rd Class
Belisle, Frank, F1c, (1941-1946) BT BT-0000 Fireman 1st Class
Kitterman jr, Charles, A1c, (1941-1946) AD AD-9502 Airman 1st Class
Chenoweth, Joseph Gordon, PO2, (1939-1944) S2c S2c-0000 Seaman Second Class
Mason, Byron Dalley, S2c, (1940-1941) S2c S2c-0000 Seaman Second Class
McCutcheon, Warren Harrel, S2c, (1941-1941) S2c S2c-0000 Seaman Second Class
Carter, Worrall Reed, RADM, (1908-1947) Captain
Hadley, Hugh William, CDR, (1922-1942) Lieutenant Commander
Holmes, Ephraim, ADM, (1930-1970) Lieutenant
Lindsey, Eugene Elbert, LCDR, (1923-1942) OFF Lieutenant
Bagby, Oliver Walton, CAPT, (1934-1968) OFF Ensign
Crow, Howard, ENS, (1940-1941) Ensign
Black, Delbert D., MCPON, (1941-1971) Seaman Recruit
Dellinger, Carthur, S1c, (1940-1944) Apprentice Seaman
Craddock, William, PO2, (1941-1945) Petty Officer Second Class

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