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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
Ens Frank Philabert USN
CEM Walter Pilgram USN
EM 1c Bennie Polidori USN
Y 2c Karl Sandmann USN
MM 2c Henry Schmitt USN
LCdr Louis Shane USN
CEM John Smith USN
TM 2c Thayne Smith USN
RM 3c Thomas Spilman USN
Sea 1c Robert Stephens USN
EM 1c Herman Striegler USN
FC 1c Richard Thew USN
Sea 1c Henry Tubre USN
SC 1c John Turoczy USN
MM 2c Roland Warren USN
GM 1c James White USN
TM 3c John Worsham USN
SM 2c Charles Yanks USN
TM 2c Harold Zeorlin USN


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