MELVIN C. PHILLIPS, LTJG, USN
Melvin Phillips '43
Date of birth: November 2, 1919
Date of death: February 26, 1944
From the 1943 Lucky Bag:
Melvin was lost when USS Grayback (SS 208) was sunk by Japanese aircraft on February 26, 1944 south of Okinawa.
On Eternal Patrol lists him as a recipient of the Bronze Star; unable to find a citation.
Discovery of Grayback
In 2019 USS Grayback was found near Okinawa. Previous expeditions to locate her final resting place had been unsuccessful because of a mistake in translating the attacking aircraft's report.