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The United States Navy Memorial

Navy Memorial Honoring the Men & Women of the Sea Services



Saturday, September 25, 1943
Lost at Sea
Pompano departed Midway 20 August, 1943, intending to patrol the Japanese coast off Hokaido and Honshu. She was never heard from again, although Japanese records indicate two cargo ships were sunk in her area in September 1943. The records make no mention of any anti-submarine attacks in the area during this period. Since the Japanese coast in her patrol area was known to be heavily mined, the most probable cause for her loss was striking a mine.

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 79

Name Service Branchsort descending
CTM Robert Case USN
F 1c Wm. Messerschmidt USN
StM 1c Sherman Ganious USN
MM 3c Wayne Proctor USN
TM 3c Jean Wagner USN
MOMM 1c Leo Caskey USN
GM 3c Robert Meyer USN
EM 2c Edward Galloway USN
EM 2c Walter Pyzow USN
TM 3c Victor Wagner USN
FC 3c William Christian USN
TM 2c William Mikkelson USN
SM 3c George Gaffney USN
PhM 1c Cleo Rafferty USN
Sea 1c David White USN
QM 2c Huston Cravens USN
CEM Charles Madden USN
TM 2c Veldean Gipson USN
F 1c Joseph Shedloski USN
EM 3c Michael Warwick USN