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The United States Navy Memorial

Navy Memorial Honoring the Men & Women of the Sea Services



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

Name Service Branchsort descending
PhM 2c Jesse Lester USN
EM 1c Roland Estes USN
CMM Robert Pettit USN
FC 1c Richard Thew USN
EM 2c Kenneth Mckinney USN
TM 1c Truman Evans USN
SM 2c Ermin Pechacek USN
Lt Earl Cassidy USN
EM 2c Rex Mcelroy USN
MM 2c Ferdinand Evans USN
EM 1c Bennie Polidori USN
LCdr Louis Shane USN
Ens Arthur Moran USN
Sea 1c Lawrence Glass USN
MM 2c Henry Schmitt USN
MM 1c Theodore Bellard USN
F 2c Robert Miller USN
CMM Merrill Gilman USN
CEM John Smith USN
Cdr Edward Blakely USN