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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 ascending Service Branch
FC 3c Kenneth Reich USN
CEM Floyd Reed USN
CMOMM Willis Porter USN
RM 3c Michael Polikowski USN
Ck 2c George Pittman USN
F 2c John Perry USN
CRM Irby Perrin USN
RM 1c Royalston Perkins USN
CEM William Paulsen USN
RM 1c Marvin Oothoudt USN
GM 2c William Ongerth USN
Sea 1c Walter Olson USN
Y 3c Robert Muntz USN
RM 3c Byron Masincupp USN
F 1c James Macintyre USN
Lt Robert Macdonald USN
RM 2c Daniel Lyon USN
F 1c Frederick Luedemann USN
Ens William Lewis USN
Sea 1c Charles Leonard USN


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