Local man among the 80 found on a sunken submarine

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT)– A submarine that sunk 75 years ago has recently been found. USS Grayback 208 went down south of Okinawa in February of 1944. 80 men were on board and one of them was a man from Mount Vernon, Indiana.

The draft card shows Clifton Eugene Fieber enlisted in 1942. He was an Electrician’s Mate, Third Class and like everyone on that sub, he didn’t make it home.

After being drafted at 19 years old Clifton Fieber ended his career on a submarine he called home.

The USS Grayback 208 was on her tenth war patrol in the East China Sea. Fieber was one of 80 men on the vessel when it went down south of Okinawa. All of those men were eventually awarded purple hearts.

Fieber left behind his family when he shipped out. Beyond a few records remaining at Willard Library Fieber’s life remains a mystery. Few people in town remember him. We were able to find his nephew who still lives in the Evansville area and who could be Fieber’s only living relative.

The nephew did not want to talk on camera, but he says he doesn’t know much about his uncle because his dad didn’t talk about him.

He also says he hasn’t had any pictures of his uncle for years.

The Lost 52 Project is who found this submarine. They’ve made it their goal to preserve the 52 submarines from World War II.

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(This story was originally published on November 11, 2019)

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