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Scorpion

Ship Designation: 
SS-278
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

Name Service Branchsort descending
Sea 1c Hollis Bell USN
TM 2c Ernest Echorst USN
MOMM 2c Walter Labarthe USN
RM 3c Donald Smith USN
CMOMM Charles Spears USN
Lt(jg) Robert Brown USN
StM 1c Raymond Dews USN
TM 2c Billie Larimore USN
TM 3c Joseph Smith USN
Lt Raymond Wise USN
QM 1c Rufus Bynum USN
TM 3c Lawrence Deane USN
MOMM 2c George Ingram USN
TM 3c Samuel Skelton USN
MOMM 2c Robert Womack USN
EM 2c Robert Chamberlain USN
F 2c Robert Harvey USN
CGM Carl Hund USN
MOMM 3c Russell Sink USN
MOMM 3c Robert Williford USN

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