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The United States Navy Memorial

Navy Memorial Honoring the Men & Women of the Sea Services



Ship Designation: 
Date Lost: 
Saturday, June 26, 1943
Lost off Kurile Islands
On 27 May, Runner departed Midway for the Kuriles on her third patrol. She was never heard from again. Apparently, her torpedoes were functioning properly on this patrol, since post-war analysis of Japanese records indicated that the Seinan Maru was sunk off Hokkaido on 11 June, and the Shinryu Maru off the Kuriles on 26 June. Both sinkings were in Runner’s patrol area. The records are silent as to any action that might have resulted in her loss. Since there were four known minefields in her area, her loss is presumed to be due to striking a mine.

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 78

Namesort ascending Service Branch
SC 2c George Zipp USN
LCdr Jud Yoho USN
CQM Alonzo Wright USN
Sea 1c Joseph Willinsky USN
RT 1c Elvin White USN
RM 2c Everett Welch USN
MOMM 1c Wesley Watt USN
Sea 1c Robert Washburn USN
EM 2c Robert Updegrove USN
GM 2c Robert Sweatt USN
MOMM 2c Charles Stumpf USN
Sea 2c Rex Stevens USN
EM 3c Walter Smoter USN
PhM 1c Albert Shelton USN
Sea 1c George Selley USN
Lt Richard Seligman USN
SM 2c R. Seabaugh USN
Lt George Schottler USN
QM 3c James Sanders USN
EM 3c John Ruscoe USN


Prepared by: J.P.O’Hara, CDR, USN (Ret.)