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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
MM 3c Paul Shea USN
MOMM 3c Russell Sink USN
TM 3c Samuel Skelton USN
RM 3c Donald Smith USN
TM 3c Joseph Smith USN
CMOMM Charles Spears USN
MOMM 1c Edgar Sturges USN
EM 1c Wilbur Tarbell USN
RM 3c Jack Townsend USN
TM 1c Raymond Udick USN
TM 2c Jack Voorhees USN
FC 3c Rudolph Weidenback USN
MOMM 3c Robert Williford USN
Lt Raymond Wise USN
MOMM 2c Robert Womack USN
RM 1c Karl Zimmermann USN