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The United States Navy Memorial

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 descending Service Branch
EM 1c Henry Cushion USN
MOMM 1c James Dawkins USN
TM 3c Robert Devenport USN
MOMM 3c Franklin Edginton USN
MOMM 1c William Eitelbach USN
MOMM 3c George French USN
F 2c Donald Gagnon USN
TM 3c James Gregory USN
EM 2c Charles Groshens USN
RM 3c Clifford Grote USN
Pharm Armand Guerra USN
TM 3c Paul Harper USN
MOMM 2c Robert Haskell USN
Lt(jg) William Hofman USN
SC 3c Lawrence Isbell USN
MOMM 2c John Johnson USN
Sea 2c Laurel Johnson USN
RM 2c Samuel Johnson USN
EM 2c Earl Kelley USN
Lt(jg) Michael Kostal USN


Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships