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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
CMOMM Willie Hawthorn USN
EM 1c Arlin Ridgeway USN
MOMM 3c John Zidziunas USN
F 1c James Adamson USN
RM 3c William Constantinos USN
MOMM 2c Steven Jurovaty USN
LCdr John Harper USN
FC 2c Rudolph Reinthaler USN
SC 3c Martin Williams USN
TM 1c Joseph Babig USN
MOMM 2c Herbert Cupper USN
CTM Clarence Kibbons USN
MOMM 1c Arthur Giles USN
CSM Francis Reilly USN
TM 3c Richard Wells USN
EM 2c Donald Bailey USN
RM 2c Daniel Lyon USN
MOMM 2c Thomas Kneib USN
TM 2c William Wall USN
FC 3c Kenneth Reich USN


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