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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
CTM Clarence Kibbons USN
Lt Alvin Kirstein USN
MOMM 2c Thomas Kneib USN
MOMM 2c Sterling Krecker USN
Sea 1c Kenneth Lawson USN
CTM Raymond Leecy USN
Sea 1c Charles Leonard USN
Ens William Lewis USN
F 1c Frederick Luedemann USN
RM 2c Daniel Lyon USN
Lt Robert Macdonald USN
F 1c James Macintyre USN
RM 3c Byron Masincupp USN
Y 3c Robert Muntz USN
Sea 1c Walter Olson USN
GM 2c William Ongerth USN
RM 1c Marvin Oothoudt USN
CEM William Paulsen USN
RM 1c Royalston Perkins USN
CRM Irby Perrin USN


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