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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Home State
Texas
Texas
Year of Birth
1921
 
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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
 
Cause
Hostile, Died while Missing
Reason
Lost At Sea-Unrecovered
Location
Pacific Ocean
Conflict
World War II
Location of Interment
Manila American Cemetery - Taguig City, Philippines
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Tablets of the Missing (Cenotaph)

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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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  1942-1942, GM-0000, USS Triton (SS-201)

GM-Gunner's Mate

From Month/Year
March / 1942

To Month/Year
December / 1942

Unit
USS Triton (SS-201) Unit Page

Rank
Gunner's Mate 2nd Class

NEC
GM-0000-Gunner's Mate

Location
Not Specified

Country/State
Not Specified
 
 
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 USS Triton (SS-201) Details

USS Triton (SS-201)
Hull number SS-201

Type
Sub-Surface Vessels

Existing/Disbanded
Sunk

Parent Unit
Submarines

Strength
Submarine

Created/Owned By
Not Specified
   

Last Updated: Jun 27, 2016
   
   
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47 Members Also There at Same Time
USS Triton (SS-201)

Jones, Marsh, CPO, (1934-1943) QM QM-0000 Chief Quartermaster
Ballou, William Edward, CPO, (1929-1943) EM EM-0000 Chief Petty Officer
Barton, Edward John, CPO, (1925-1943) TM TM-0000 Chief Petty Officer
Cotton, Clarence, CPO, (1920-1943) SD SD-0000 Chief Petty Officer
Hall, Donovan Gilbert, CPO, (1921-1943) MO MO-0000 Chief Petty Officer
Severance, Edwin St. John, CPO, (1936-1943) MO MO-0000 Chief Petty Officer
Stanford, William Wilson, CPO, (1930-1944) MO MO-0000 Chief Petty Officer
Goodhue, Theodore Lester, CPO, (1938-1945) TM TM-0000 Torpedoman 1st Class
McKenzie, Lloyd Charles, PO1, (1934-1943) TM TM-0000 Torpedoman 1st Class
Richardson, James Woodrow, CPO, (1936-1944) TM TM-0000 Torpedoman 1st Class
Boland, John Joseph, CPO, (1934-1944) PhM PhM-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Grooms, Bert Joe, PO1, (1938-1943) PhM PhM-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Hall, Odell, PO1, (1937-1944) EM EM-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Klekotka, Alexander John, PO1, (1936-1943) MM MM-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Klimosewski, John Paul, PO1, (1938-1943) MO MO-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Koster, Nicholas Leo, CPO, (1935-1944) MM MM-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Thompson, Thomas Charles, PO1, (1936-1943) EM EM-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Ward, William Allen, PO1, (1936-1943) MO MO-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Goodnight, Jerry Calvert, PO1, (1940-1943) MO MO-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
King, Homer Lymon, PO1, (1939-1943) TM TM-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Quesenberry, Merlin Justice, PO1, (1938-1943) TM TM-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Remaley, William Daniel, PO1, (1941-1944) RM RM-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Dabney, John Davis, PO3, (1940-1943) Ck SC-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Landers, Charles Wilfred, PO3, (1938-1943) MM MM-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Minton, Joseph, LT, (1941-1964) QM QM-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Festin, Stanley, PO3, (1940-1944) S1c S1c-0000 Seaman 1st Class
Harper, Joseph Kirby, PO2, (1942-1943) S1c S1c-0000 Seaman 1st Class
Howell, James Larkin, S1c, (1941-1943) S1c S1c-0000 Seaman 1st Class
Oeldemann, Henry Carl, F1c, (1942-1943) S1c S1c-0000 Seaman 1st Class
Waller, John Joseph, PO2, (1938-1943) S1c S1c-0000 Seaman 1st Class
Finney, Wilson Owen, PO2, (1941-1944) F1c F1c-0000 Fireman 1st Class
Kaiser, Robert Wellington, PO2, (1940-1944) F1c F1c-0000 Fireman 1st Class
Browning, James Auswell, PO1, (1941-1945) S2c S2c-0000 Seaman Second Class
Mollohan, George, PO2, (1941-1944) S2c S2c-0000 Seaman Second Class
Fuller, Grant Moses, CPO, (1941-1945) F3c F3c-0000 Fireman 3rd Class
Hughart, Robert Edwin, PO2, (1941-1944) F3c F3c-0000 Fireman 3rd Class
Hughart, Robert Edwin, PO2, (1941-1944) F3c F3c-0000 Fireman 3rd Class
Sullivan, Owen Joseph, PO1, (1941-1944) F3c F3c-0000 Fireman 3rd Class
Kirkpatrick, Charles, RDML, (1926-1964) Lieutenant Commander
Lent, Willis (Pilly), RADM, (1925-1955) Lieutenant Commander
Hollingsworth, John Christie, CDR, (1931-1944) OFF Lieutenant
Parks, Edward Schley, LT, (1940-1943) OFF Lieutenant
Sorensen, Vernon Frederick, LT, (1940-1943) OFF Lieutenant
O'Sullivan, Cornelius Dion, LTJG, (1938-1943) OFF Lieutenant Junior Grade
Van Roosen, Hugh Collett, LTJG, (1938-1943) OFF Lieutenant Junior Grade
Mabuti, Santiago Pablo, PO2, (1942-1943) Ck Petty Officer Third Class
Crutchfield, Jack Randolph, LT, (1937-1943) Lieutenant
Eichmann, John Holbrook, LT, (1935-1943) Lieutenant

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