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Herring

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
MOMM 2c Charles Riley USN
EM 2c Sone Price USN
Ens William Pressnall USN
QM 3c Omer Potvin USN
SM 3c Carl Poland USN
Sea 1c James Perkins USN
FC 2c Gabriel Pepera USN
GM 2c Robert Payne USN
CMOMM Harry Ohowell USN
F 2c Lester Odom USN
F 1c Herbert Much USN
EM 2c Gordon Mitchell USN
CEM Robert Millis USN
SOM 2c Joel Merriman USN
TM 3c Willie Mclendon USN
CQM John Mccreary USN
SM 3c John Mayes USN
LCdr Wilbur Mason USN
RM 3c Robert Mack USN
MOMM 1c Rex Loftis USN

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