EM1 Richard Beverly Hitch


EM1 Richard Beverly Hitch

Maryland, USA
Death 26 Feb 1944 (aged 28)
At Sea
Memorial Site* Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii, USA

* A structure erected in honor of someone whose remains lie elsewhere.

Plot Courts of the Missing
Memorial ID 56110882 View Source

Having actually gone "Missing" on the above date, he was not officially declared by the military as being dead until January 12, 1946.

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Richard served as a Electrician's Mate First Class, U.S.S. Grayback (SS-208), U.S. Navy during and after World War II.

He resided in Allen, Wicomico County, Maryland prior to the war.

The U.S.S. Grayback, while on it's tenth and most successful patrol, was spotted on the surface while returning to base and was attacked by a Japanese aircraft. The Japanese aircraft reported that the Grayback "exploded and sank immediately." However Japanese anti-submarine ships were called into the area and also depth-charge the area.

Richard was declared "Missing In Action" in this sinking during the war.

He was awarded the "Bronze Star" and the Purple Heart.

Service # 2582276

The Grayback received eight battle stars for World War II service.

Richard also has a "cenotaph" in the Asbury Methodist Church Cemetery , Allen, Maryland.
( see family links below )

( Bio by: Russ Pickett )


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Entered the service from Maryland.

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