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Navy Memorial Honoring the Men & Women of the Sea Services



Ship Designation: 
Date Lost: 
Wednesday, January 5, 1944
Lost at Sea

 Scorpion departed Pearl Harbor on Dec. 29, 1943 on her fourth war patrol.  The last contact with her was on Jan. 5, 1944 when she met the USS Herring.  Presumably she proceeded to her patrol area in the northern East China and Yellow Seas.  No information has been received from the Japanese which indicates that Scorpion's loss was the result of enemy antisubmarine actions.  However, there were several mine lines across the entrance to the Yellow Sea.  Scorpion was lost soon after these mines were laid, at a time when they offered the greatest threat.  She could have been an operational casualty but her operational area consists of water shallow enough so that it would be expected that some men would have survived.  Since no survivors are known, the most reasonable assumption is that she hit a mine.

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 76

Namesort descending Service Branch
EM 2c James Alexander USN
SC 3c Charles Appleton USN
SC 1c Lorren Bausman USN
Sea 1c Hollis Bell USN
Lt(jg) Robert Brown USN
QM 1c Rufus Bynum USN
EM 2c Robert Chamberlain USN
Sea 1c Harold Christman USN
TM 2c Jack Clough USN
CMOMM Theodore Cornelius USN
R Elec Joseph Cunningham USN
TM 3c Lawrence Deane USN
StM 1c Raymond Dews USN
Ens Vincent Drake USN
Lt(jg) Robert Drane USN
TM 2c Ernest Echorst USN
Lt(jg) Richmond Ellis USN
MOMM 1c Edward English USN
Sea 1c Lee Faber USN
QM 2c James Fasnacht USN