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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

Name Service Branchsort descending
CEM Maurice Burress USN
Lt(jg) Charles Glotzbach USN
BM 2c Charles Mitchell USN
MOMM 2c Otto Peckins USN
TM 1c Ferris Wilks USN
Lt(jg) David Burton USN
CY Leon Goforth USN
MOMM 2c Warren Mintken USN
LCdr Conde Raguet USN
F 1c Joseph Wheat USN
QM 1c Thomas Lingel USN
LCdr William Butler USN
SC 2c John Griffin USN
SM 1c Raymond Meldazis USN
Ens John Pull USN
StM 1c Arthur Wharton USN
MOMM 3c Darrell Carnahan USN
LCdr Claude Goodman USN
CEM Clarence Miller USN
EM 3c Robert Porach USN


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