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The United States Navy Memorial

Navy Memorial Honoring the Men & Women of the Sea Services



Friday, November 19, 1943
Engagement North of Truk
Sculpin departed Pearl Harbor November 5, 1943 for her ninth patrol in the Caroline Islands area, in support of surface units operating in the Gilbert Islands. After refueling at Johnston Island, no further communications were received and she was presumed lost on December 30, 1943. Details of her loss were provided by 21 survivors released from a Japanese prison camp at the war's end. On November 18, during an attack on a convoy, Sculpin was damaged severely by depth charges and was forced to the surface. Shell fire from a destroyer, Ijm Yamagumo, resulted in further damage and the senior surviving officer ordered her scuttled. ... 42 men abandoned ship and were picked up by Yamagumo, but 12 remained with the sinking boat. One of the survivors was so badly wounded that he was thrown over the side by the Japanese. The remaining survivors were shifted to two carriers for transfer to Japan. Enroute, one carrier, Ijn Chuyo, was sunk by USS Sailfish (SS-192) with the loss of all but one of the 20 Sculpin survivors she carried. ... Ironically, Sculpin was the submarine that assisted in the rescue of the crew of Squalus, later renamed Sailfish after she was salvaged and recommissioned.

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 63

Namesort ascending Service Branch
MOMM 2c Duane White USN
Sea 1c William Welsh USN
CTM Claiborne Weade USN
EM 2c Ellis Warren USN
Sea 1c Henry Vanbeest USN
Sea 1c Russell Taylor USN
RM 3c Clifford Taylor USN
EM 1c John Swift USN
Sea 1c James Suel USN
EM 2c Laroy Smith USN
Ens Charles Smith USN
SM 3c Dowdy Shirley USN
Y 2c Delbert Schroeder USN
TM 3c Elmer Schnell USN
FC 3c Frank Salava USN
TM 2c Charles Pitser USN
Sea 1c William Partin USN
RDM 3c John Parr USN
SM 3c Elmon Murray USN
EM 3c Robert Morrilly USN