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 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, Recruit Training (San Diego, CA)
Recruit Training (San Diego, CA)

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Start Date 
Oct, 1939

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Name Co Ptn Start Date
Abrams, Chester Lee, PO3, (1939-1942) Oct, 1939
Beerman, Henry Carl, PO3, (1939-1941) Oct, 1939
Beggs, Harold Eugene, F1c, (1939-1941) Oct, 1939
Bolen, Albert James, F1c, (1939-1941) Oct, 1939
Conter, Louis, LCDR, (1939-1961) Oct, 1939
Fisher, James Anderson, MAtt1c, (1939-1941) Oct, 1939
Herwer, John, CPO, (1939-1959) A Oct, 1939
Martinez, Rudolph Machado, PO2, (1939-1941) Oct, 1939
Miller, J.B. Delane, S1c, (1939-1941) Oct, 1939
Ross, Richard, CPO, (1939-1951) 1039 Oct, 1939
Ross, Richard, CPO, (1939-1951) A Oct, 1939
Sumner, Gordon, CPO A Oct, 1939
Taylor, Luke McAlpin, PO1, (1939-1943) Oct, 1939
Bigham, Virgil Cornelius, S1c, (1939-1941) Nov, 1939
Brown, John, CPO, (1939-1945) Nov, 1939
Farley, John Joseph, PO2, (1939-1945) 39-27 Sep, 1939
Tew, Douglas Holcomb, PO2, (1939-1942) Sep, 1939
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