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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

Namesort descending Service Branch
Lt Jesse Davis USN
F 1c Mark Delehanty USN
SC 3c Leslie Dobson USN
TM 2c Louis Doyen USN
MOMM 1c Franklin Drury USN
MOMM 1c Perry Dryer USN
TM 3c Hal Dupuy USN
TM 3c Andrew Elko USN
RM 3c Lawrence Ferguson USN
MOMM 1c Arthur Giles USN
LCdr John Harper USN
CMOMM Willie Hawthorn USN
F 2c Ross Hoffman USN
StM 1c Richard Hooker USN
SM 2c Sam Houston USN
TM 1c Bunyan Hudgins USN
Sea 1c James Huffman USN
Lt Eugene Hunting USN
EM 2c Arthur Josephs USN
MOMM 2c Steven Jurovaty USN


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