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Navy Memorial Honoring the Men & Women of the Sea Services



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 ascending Service Branch
LCdr David Zabriskie USN
Sea 1c Elmer Wuertele USN
TM 2c Howard Wilson USN
Sea 1c Kenneth Way USN
EM 3c John Walsh USN
MOMM 2c Carman Walker USN
FC 3c George Wagoner USN
Cox Leroy Vreeland USN
EM 3c Van Vanmatre USN
EM 1c Allan Twigg USN
Y 2c Frederick Swanson USN
F 1c James Sutherland USN
SC 3c Robert Stoneking USN
Sea 1c William Stern USN
GM 3c William Smiley USN
F 1c Charles Schmidt USN
MOMM 3c Andrey Saarm USN
MOMM 3c Donald Ryan USN
EM 1c Emerson Rockwell USN
MOMM 3c Donald Robbins USN


Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships