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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
RM 3c Fred Averill USN
MOMM 2c William Creasy USN
CMOMM Franklin Kohrs USN
QM 3c Nicholas Vanringelesteyn USN
RT 1c James Olsen USN
EM 2c E. Bailey USN
MOMM 3c Kenneth Currier USN
F 1c William Krouse USN
EM 3c Fred Wallis USN
MOMM 3c Samuel Okerblum USN
MOMM 2c William Becker USN
EM 3c Carl Fielding USN
TM 3c Salvatore Lange USN
Lt(jg) William Tiffany USN
EM 3c Paul Oddo USN
Sea 1c John Bodenrader USN
Sea 1c Martin Dunn USN
EM 3c Robert Kaiser USN
StM 1c Nathaniel Thornton USN
F 1c Lester Sarkady USN


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