Meyers, Louis Joseph, MoMM2c

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Last Rank
Petty Officer Second Class
Last Primary NEC
MO-0000-Motor Machinist/Oiler
Last Rating/NEC Group
Motor Machinistmate/Oiler
Primary Unit
1943-1944, MO-0000, USS Grayback (SS-208)
Service Years
1941 - 1944
MoMM - Motor Machinistmate/Oiler

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Home State
Iowa
Iowa
Year of Birth
1924
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Dubuque, IA
Last Address
Haywood, WI

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 1 (cenotaph)

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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. Motor Machinist's Mate Second Class Meyers was listed as Missing in Action and later declared dead 12 January 1946.
   
Comments/Citation

Service number: 3004044

Submarine war patrols:
USS Gato (SS-212) - 4th
USS Grayback (SS-208) - 7th through 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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  1943-1944, MO-0000, USS Grayback (SS-208)

MoMM - Motor Machinistmate/Oiler

From Month/Year
April / 1943

To Month/Year
February / 1944

Unit
USS Grayback (SS-208) Unit Page

Rank
Petty Officer Second Class

NEC
MO-0000-Motor Machinist/Oiler

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 5447 
   

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Nicholson, William Gerard, CPO, (1934-1944) MO MO-0000 Chief Petty Officer
Stanford, Lee Carroll, CPO, (1937-1944) MO MO-0000 Chief Petty Officer
Bangert, Stanley Henry, PO1, (1938-1944) MO MO-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
Barbour, Harold Xen, PO2, (1941-1944) MO MO-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
Koller, Walter Allan, PO2, (1941-1944) MO MO-0000 Petty Officer Second 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
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
Jones, James Acton, PO1, (1941-1944) TM TM-0000 Torpedoman 1st Class
Sessler, Edward Francis, PO1, (1940-1944) TM TM-0000 Torpedoman 1st Class
Barnett, James Edgar, PO1, (1942-1944) SC SC-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Capshaw, Ross Lillard, PO1, (1937-1944) PhM PhM-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Forsythe, Joseph R., PO1, (1935-1944) SM SM-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
Bell, Frederick Richard, PO2, (1941-1944) TM TM-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Gavlak, Charles Bernard, PO2, (1940-1944) FC FC-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
Irizarry, Robert Angelo, PO3, (1941-1944) SM SM-0000 Signalman 3rd Class
Solomon, Sidney, PO3, (1942-1944) SM SM-0000 Signalman 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
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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