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Navy Memorial Honoring the Men & Women of the Sea Services



Ship Designation: 
Date Lost: 
Tuesday, October 24, 1944
Lost at Sea
Shark was lost during her third war patrol, probably in the vicinity of Luzon Strait, while participating in a coordinated attack group with submarines Seadragon (SS-194) and Blackfish (SS-221). On 24 October, Seadragon received a message from Shark stating that she had made radar contact with a single freighter, and that she was going to attack. This was the last message received from the submarine, and all subsequent attempts to contact Shark failed. She was reported as presumed lost on 27 November. According to Japanese records examined after the war, on 24 October 1944, in Luzon Strait, destroyer Harukaze made contact with a submerged submarine and dropped depth charges. After losing and regaining the contact, the destroyer dropped another 17 depth charges which resulted in “bubbles, heavy oil, clothes and cork” coming to the surface.

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 86

Namesort descending Service Branch
Ens Steven Adams USN
F 1c James Adamson USN
TM 1c Joseph Babig USN
EM 2c Donald Bailey USN
Sea 1c Charles Baker USN
SC 1c James Barrett USN
EM 2c Claude Barton USN
SM 1c Henry Black USN
GM 3c Walter Borusiewicz USN
TM 3c Charles Brown USN
CPhM Leon Brown USN
Sea 1c William Buckley USN
MOMM 2c John Burns USN
MOMM 1c Rolland Burns USN
RT 1c Ralph Cerruti USN
MOMM 1c Orville Chilcote USN
MOMM 2c Robert Click USN
RM 3c William Constantinos USN
MOMM 2c Herbert Cupper USN
MOMM 2c John Davis USN


Harry Holmes, “The Last Patrol” pp.134-135