From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Melvin Phillips '43

Date of birth: November 2, 1919

Date of death: February 26, 1944

Age: 24

Lucky Bag

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.

His parents were listed as next of kin. There is a cenotaph to his memory in South Duxbury, VT.

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.

Class of 1943

Melvin is one of 84 members of the Class of 1943 on Virtual Memorial Hall.

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