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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
RM 3c Robert Patterson USN
EM 3c Robert Perry USN
QM 3c Robert Peterson USN
TM 3c John Peterson USN
Lt(jg) Walter Phelps USN
F 1c Harry Plushnik USN
CMOMM Gerald Price USN
EM 2c Morris Reeves USN
F 1c Raymond Reichert USN
BM 1c Eugene Robison USN
MM 1c John Root USN
Lt Robert Ruble USN
Sea 1c Walter Rutledge USN
SM 2c Wesley Shackelford USN
Lt Walter Shaw USN
TM 2c Ralph Simmerman USN
CPhM Robert Spalding USN
GM 2c John Stehn USN
EM 2c Donald Stiegler USN
EM 3c Ulysses Stjohn USN


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