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The United States Navy Memorial

Navy Memorial Honoring the Men & Women of the Sea Services



Ship Designation: 
Date Lost: 
Tuesday, November 16, 1943
Lost on Patrol near Truk
Covina departed on her first patrol on November 4, 1943. She was to proceed to an area south of Truk, patrolling as close to the island as possible to intercept Japanese surface units which might threaten amphibious operations in the Gilbert Islands. Despite repeated attempts to communicate with her, she was not heard from again after fueling at Johnston Island on November 6. ... Post-war analysis of Japanese records indicated that IJN submarine I-176 fired three torpedoes at a submarine south of Truk on 16 November, two of which hit the target. In all probability, this was Corvina, the only US submarine known to be sunk by a Japanese submarine during the war.

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 82

Namesort descending Service Branch
Y 1c Maxwell Roberts USN
Cdr Roderick Rooney USN
TM 3c John Rosta USN
RT 2c Earl Ryder USN
EM 3c Paul Schladensky USN
EM 1c Leon Schless USN
Sea 1c Gale Schuldt USN
TM 1c Walter Schulz USN
MOMM 1c Francis Simunaci USN
Sea 1c William Slagle USN
Lt David Sloan USN
CEM Boyd Smith USN
Lt(jg) James Smith USN
GM 2c Roger Staubin USN
TM 1c Roy Sumners USN
SC 3c Francis Thoben USN
RM 3c James Thomas USN
MOMM 1c Theodore Toms USN
TM 2c Carl Trojan USN
MM 3c Lawrence Wade USN


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