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Ship Designation: 
Date Lost: 
Thursday, June 1, 1944
Lost near Matsuwa Island
Herring's eighth war patrol was to be both her most successful and her last. Topping off at Midway May 21, 1944, Herring headed for the Kurile Islands patrol area. Ten days later she rendezvoused with Barb, and was never heard from or seen again. However, Japanese records prove that she sank two ships, Ishigaki and Hokuyo Maru, the night of May 30-31. Herring's exact manner of loss can be determined from these records also. Two more merchant ships, Hiburi Maru and IWAKI MARU, were sunk while at anchor in Matsuwa Island, Kuriles, the morning of 1 June 1944. In a counter-attack, enemy shore batteries scored two direct hits on the submarine's conning tower and bubbles covered an area about 5 meters wide, and heavy oil covered an area of approximately 15 miles.

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 82

Namesort descending Service Branch
RT 2c Fred Anderson USN
MOMM 2c John Anderson USN
RM 1c James Armstrong USN
Ens Salvatore Balestrieri USN
F 1c Jack Blair USN
Sea 1c J. Blevins USN
Sea 1c Leo Boucher USN
TM 1c James Brennan USN
SC 2c John Bronder USN
Sea 2c Weldon Brown USN
Ck 1c Timothy Burkett USN
MOMM 2c Charles Burton USN
StM 2c Nathaniel Campbell USN
CMOMM Malcolm Carroll USN
TM 3c Robert Carter USN
TM 1c Robert Chouinard USN
TM 1c Ray'd Christopherson USN
Lt John Compton USN
MOMM 2c Arnold Cook USN
Ens Edward Cunningham USN


Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships