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Navy Memorial Honoring the Men & Women of the Sea Services



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
StM 2c Nathaniel Campbell USN
F 1c James Sutherland USN
MOMM 3c Donald Ryan USN
RM 3c Clifford Grote USN
Lt Edward Leahy USN
CMOMM Malcolm Carroll USN
Sea 1c William Stern USN
EM 1c Emerson Rockwell USN
MOMM 2c John Johnson USN
MOMM 1c Rex Loftis USN
TM 3c Robert Carter USN
SC 3c Robert Stoneking USN
F 1c Charles Schmidt USN
Sea 2c Laurel Johnson USN
Sea 1c Elmer Wuertele USN
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