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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

Name Service Branchsort descending
TM 1c Robert Chouinard USN
F 1c Herbert Much USN
GM 3c William Smiley USN
RM 2c Samuel Johnson USN
TM 2c Howard Wilson USN
RT 2c Fred Anderson USN
TM 1c Ray'd Christopherson USN
CMOMM Harry Ohowell USN
MOMM 1c James Dawkins USN
SC 3c Lawrence Isbell USN
Sea 1c Kenneth Way USN
MOMM 2c John Anderson USN
Lt John Compton USN
F 2c Lester Odom USN
TM 3c Robert Devenport USN
EM 2c Earl Kelley USN
LCdr David Zabriskie USN
RM 1c James Armstrong USN
MOMM 2c Arnold Cook USN
Sea 1c James Perkins USN


Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships