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The United States Navy Memorial

Navy Memorial Honoring the Men & Women of the Sea Services



Ship Designation: 
Date Lost: 
Saturday, February 7, 1942
Lost at Sea
Five days after an unsuccessful attack on a target in the vicinity of Bangka Passage, Shark reported a potential target track to Surabaya. The report was acknowledged and she was directed to proceed to Makassar Straight via the north coast of Celebes. Nothing further was heard from the boat and she was subsequently declared lost on 7 March. ... A post-war analysis of Japanese war diaries lists numerous attacks on unidentified submarines in Shark’s area around 11 February 1942. The most likely is the report of IJN destroyer Yamakaze, which reported sinking a surfaced submarine with shellfire at 0137 on February 11. Yamakaze reported hearing voices in the water but did not attempt to rescue survivors.

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 59

Namesort descending Service Branch
MM 1c Theodore Bellard USN
Cdr Edward Blakely USN
CTM Walter Blanchard USN
RM 1c John Bolton USN
Sea 1c Thomas Brannan USN
MM 1c Grady Byus USN
Lt Earl Cassidy USN
MM 2c John Cooley USN
F 3c Billy Crawford USN
EM 2c William Dawson USN
Lt Edwin Denby USN
Lt Roscoe Dillen USN
OStd 1c Paulino Ejaype USN
EM 1c Roland Estes USN
TM 1c Truman Evans USN
MM 2c Ferdinand Evans USN
OStd 3c Agapito Fabra USN
TM 1c Fred Farrell USN
MM 1c Albert Fruit USN
CMM Merrill Gilman USN


Prepared by: J.P.O’Hara, CDR, USN (Ret.)