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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
SM 1c Henry Black USN
RM 3c Byron Masincupp USN
MOMM 2c John Davis USN
EM 1c Forrest Tiller USN
F 2c John Perry USN
GM 3c Walter Borusiewicz USN
Ens William Lewis USN
Lt Jesse Davis USN
TM 3c Harvey Thommen USN
CEM William Paulsen USN
TM 3c Charles Brown USN
CTM Raymond Leecy USN
F 1c Mark Delehanty USN
EM 3c William Simko USN
CMOMM Willis Porter USN
CPhM Leon Brown USN
Sea 1c Charles Leonard USN
TM 2c Louis Doyen USN
Y 1c Donald Shaffer USN
RM 3c Michael Polikowski USN


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