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


Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships