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The United States Navy Memorial

Navy Memorial Honoring the Men & Women of the Sea Services



Ship Designation: 
Date Lost: 
Sunday, February 4, 1945
Air Attacks near Palawan Passage
On January 27, 1945, Barbel was ordered to form a wolf pack with Perch (SS-313) and Galiban (SS-252). ... Enroute to the rendezvous, she reported numerous aircraft contacts and that she had been attacked three times with depth charges. She planned to transmit another message the following night, but nothing further was heard from Barbel or her crew. ... Postwar analysis of Japanese records notes an aircraft attack on a submarine southwest of Palawan on 4 February. The pilot dropped two bombs, with one hitting near the conning tower. A cloud of fire and spray was seen, and the submarine disappeared. ... This is almost certainly the attack that sank Barbel.

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 81

Namesort descending Service Branch
RM 3c Bernard Duesler USN
Sea 1c Martin Dunn USN
CPhM John Dytche USN
QM 2c Arthur Eaton USN
Sea 1c Thoma Eck USN
EM 3c Carl Fielding USN
CRM James Garner USN
SC 3c William Gauthier USN
Lt(jg) Charles Glotzbach USN
CY Leon Goforth USN
LCdr Claude Goodman USN
SC 2c John Griffin USN
Lt Donald Harris USNR
EM 3c Robert Kaiser USN
EM 1c John Kelley USN
Lt Edmund Kneisel USN
CMOMM Franklin Kohrs USN
F 1c William Krouse USN
TM 3c Salvatore Lange USN
QM 1c Thomas Lingel USN


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