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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 ascending Service Branch
LCdr Conde Raguet USN
Ens John Pull USN
Sea 1c Morse Porter USN
EM 3c Robert Porach USN
TM 2c Glenn Pinson USN
MOMM 2c Otto Peckins USN
TM 3c Donald Patterson USN
RT 1c James Olsen USN
MOMM 3c Samuel Okerblum USN
EM 3c Paul Oddo USN
TM 3c Neal Nasser USN
BM 2c Charles Mitchell USN
MOMM 2c Warren Mintken USN
CEM Clarence Miller USN
SM 1c Raymond Meldazis USN
MOMM 1c Joseph Medeiros USN
GM 3c Fred Meadows USN
CMOMM Jack Mckenzie USN
RM 2c Mack Mckennon USN
EM 2c Richard Mckean USN


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