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The United States Navy Memorial

Navy Memorial Honoring the Men & Women of the Sea Services



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
F 2c Richard Grace USN
QM 1c William Graves USN
EM 2c Dennis Gray USN
StM 2c Robert Green USN
EM 1c Richard Gregorik USN
Sea 2c James Gregory USN
RM 3c Glen Halstead USN
MOMM 1c Thomas Hardegree USN
MOMM 2c Thomas Harrington USN
MOMM 3c George Harrington USN
Sea 1c James Harris USN
MOMM 3c James Harrison USN
TM 3c Walter Hinken USN
EM 3c William Honaker USN
Lt Lloyd Irving USN
Sea 1c Hezekiah Jefferson USN
CEM Jesse Jobe USN
CEM John Johnson USN
Sea 1c Fred Johnson USN
Sea 1c William Jordan USN


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