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Ship Designation: 
Date Lost: 
Friday, May 4, 1945
Lost in the Gulf of Siam
Departing Subic Bay, P.I. April 12 1945 on her second patrol, Lagarto proceeded to the Gulf of Siam to operate with Baya (SS-318). The two submarines rendezvoused on May 2, and immediately began an approach on a convoy of one tanker, one auxiliary and two destroyers. ... With this attack thwarted by the enemy’s radar and subsequent gunfire, they withdrew until the following morning. Lagarto submerged on the convoy’s track to make the initial attack, while Baya submerged ten to fifteen miles further along to follow up. ... A prolonged attack later in the day by Baya was driven off, and she received no further communication from Lagarto. ... Post-war review of Japanese records indicates a successful attack on a submarine on 3 May 1945 on the convoy’s track. This attack is the most probable cause of Lagarto’s loss.

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 87

Namesort descending Service Branch
CTM Harold Andrews USN
CMOMM Charles Anker USN
Lt(jg) Frederick Auchard USN
F 1c Charles Bjornson USN
Y 2c Charles Breithaupt USN
CRM Wardour Britain USN
Sea 2c Aaron Brock USN
F 1c Clark Byrer USN
RM 1c William Carleton USN
MOMM 3c Lloyd Cathey USN
QM 3c Sylvester Catozzi USN
TM 2c George Clouse USN
MOMM 1c Caldwell Cook USN
TM 2c John Davis USN
RM 2c Leslie Doud USN
TM 3c Alvin Enns USN
MOMM 1c Richard Fisher USN
Sea 1c John Franze USN
MM 1c Oakley Frasch USN
F 1c James Gerlach USN


Prepared by CDR J.P. O'Hara USN (Ret.)