20 Joseph Kirby Harper, Lenoir City, Tennessee

20 Joseph Kirby Harper, Lenoir City, Tennessee

Joseph Kirby Harper  

Joseph Kirby Harper
Joseph Kirby Harper

Rank/Rate:    Fire Controlman, Second Class

Service Number:    640 16 76

Birth Date:    May 31, 1917

From:    Lenoir City, Tennessee

Decorations:    Purple Heart

Submarine:    USS Grayling (SS-209)

Loss Date:    September 9, 1943

Location:    In or near Tablas Strait, Philippine Islands

Circumstances:    Lost at sea, cause unknown

Remarks: Photo courtesy of Joe Harper.  Information courtesy of Paul W. Wittmer.

NavSource, Submarine Photo Archive for the USS GRAYLING (SS-209) 

On Eternal Patrol list of men lost on the USS Grayling (SS-209)

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Tennessee Submarine Memorial Association

Perpetuating the memories of submariners who didn’t come home

Chairman: Mike Anderson (SK2(SS)USN) | President: Patrick Ryan (YNC(SS), LCDR USN)

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