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The United States Navy Memorial

Navy Memorial Honoring the Men & Women of the Sea Services



Ship Designation: 
Date Lost: 
Tuesday, February 16, 1943
Lost at Sea
As was common with most of the submarine casualties in the Pacific, the specific details of Amberjacks loss are unknown. ... After departing Brisbane on January 26, 1943, she reported sinking a 5000 ton freighter in a two hour night surface attack. Her last message was transmitted on February 14, reporting an attack by two destroyers. Nothing further was heard from the ship and her crew of 74, and she was declared lost on 22 March 1943. ... Post-war analysis indicates that the most probable cause was a depth charge attack by IJN torpedo boat Hiyodoi and Subchaser Number 18 on February 16, following an attack on the same target by a patrol aircraft. Oil, debris and parts of the hull came to the surface after the attack. ... This determination is not conclusive, however, since Grampus was lost in the same area at about the same time.

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 72

Namesort descending Service Branch
Ens James Lewellyn USN
Lt(jg) Henry Lord USN
MOMM 2c Joseph Lucas USN
RM 2c Marvin Macy USN
StM 2c Arthur Massey USN
Sea 1c Ray Mcdaniel USN
TM 1c Robert Mclean USN
StM 1c Wallace Montague USN
CTM Charles Muir USN
TM 2c Harold Ogilvie USN
MOMM 1c Clevland Ouzts USN
EM 2c Bruce Pavlin USN
MM 3c Henry Pisarski USN
Sea 1c John Rakyta USN
RM 2c James Ranger USN
TM 3c Chester Runkowski USN
MOMM 1c Lewis Ryall USN
SC 1c Coy Sallee USN
Ens Daniel Seidell USN
F 1c Paul Smorol USN


Prepared by: J.P.O'Hara, CDR, USN (Ret.)