Capshaw, Ross Lillard, PhM1c

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Last Rank
Petty Officer First Class
Last Primary NEC
PhM-0000-Pharmacist Mate
Last Rating/NEC Group
Pharmacist's Mate
Primary Unit
1943-1944, PhM-0000, USS Grayback (SS-208)
Service Years
1937 - 1944
PhM-Pharmacist's Mate
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Home State
Oklahoma
Oklahoma
Year of Birth
1919
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Oklahoma City, OK
Last Address
729 Douglas St
San Francisco, CA

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 5 (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. Pharmacist's Mate First Class Capshaw was listed as Missing in Action and later declared dead 12 January 1946.
   
Comments/Citation

Service number: 3560737

Submarine combat patrols:
USS Spearfish (SS-190) - 7th
USS Grayback (SS-208) - 9th and 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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Corpsman! posted by Daiute, Paul C., HM3 80 
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  Corpsman!: Mar 19, 2019  
   

Doc Capshaw, You were killed long ago in another war but you are not forgotten, you will always be a hero!

   
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Last Updated:
Mar 19, 2019
   
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