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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

Name Service Branchsort descending
MOMM 2c John Burns USN
SM 2c Sam Houston USN
TM 3c Hal Dupuy USN
Ens Henry Shefchek USN
Y 3c Robert Muntz USN
MOMM 2c Sterling Krecker USN
MOMM 1c Rolland Burns USN
Sea 1c James Huffman USN
MOMM 1c Perry Dryer USN
SC 2c Bernon Shaw USN
RM 1c Marvin Oothoudt USN
RT 1c Ralph Cerruti USN
TM 1c Bunyan Hudgins USN
MOMM 1c Franklin Drury USN
EM 3c Anthony Scutiero USN
GM 2c William Ongerth USN
Lt Alvin Kirstein USN
MOMM 1c Orville Chilcote USN
Lt Eugene Hunting USN
F 2c Ross Hoffman USN


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