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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
MOMM 1c Erna Foltz USN
MOMM 2c James Evans USN
Y 1c Edward Erickson USN
Sea 1c Harold Emig USN
EM 2c Jack Day USN
RM 2c Harold Cleek USN
TM 1c Ralph Childers USN
MOMM 2c Joseph Charters USN
TM 3c Broadus Caldwell USN
SM 2c Robert Burns USN
LCdr Joseph Bourland USN
MOMM 1c Josiah Boone USN
MOMM 1c Primo Bobba USN
Sea 2c Walter Blank USN
TM 3c Walter Blanchette USN
CGM Glen Baker USN
F 1c John Apen USN
Lt(jg) Lawrence Anderson USN


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