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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

Name Service Branchsort descending
Sea 1c Richard Hollar USN
QM 3c James Sanders USN
LCdr Jud Yoho USN
SM 2c Robert Burns USN
MOMM 2c Robert Kiracofe USN
TM 3c Louis Oss. USN
EM 2c Gene Rice USN
RT 1c Elvin White USN
TM 3c Broadus Caldwell USN
TM 1c Homer King USN
MOMM 1c Erna Foltz USN
MOMM 2c Ralph Reynolds USN
MOMM 1c Wesley Watt USN
MOMM 2c Joseph Charters USN
Bkr 2c Roy Keefer USN
TM 1c George Foote USN
Mach Charles Robellaz USN
Sea 1c Robert Washburn USN


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