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The United States Navy Memorial

Navy Memorial Honoring the Men & Women of the Sea Services



Ship Designation: 
Date Lost: 
Wednesday, March 28, 1945
Lost at Sea
Trigger departed on her twelfth patrol on March 11, 1945. She was ordered on March 26, to join a coordinated attack group with Sea Dog (SS-214) and Threadfin (SS419) in the Nansei Shoto area. ... These orders required an acknowledgment. ... Although she transmitted a weather message that day, it did not include the acknowledgement. She was never heard from after March 26. ... Japanese records indicate a combined air and surface attack in Trigger’s area on March 28, which resulted in 5 square miles of oil on the surface. The two remaining boats in the wolf pack, as well as more distant submarines, reported hearing an extended attack with depth charges and bombs on that date in her area. It was assumed that she was lost in this attack.

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 89

Namesort descending Service Branch
FC 3c Neal Absher USN
Sea 1c Ernest Arsenault USN
EM 3c Dewey Backer USN
MOMM 1c Robert Ball USN
F 1c James Barry USN
EM 3c Rudolph Beranek USN
MOMM 1c John Bird USN
TM 3c Joseph Boeding USN
SM 2c Kenneth Bolz USN
Sea 1c Harold Butts USN
F 1c Vern Cain USN
StM 1c Andrew Carter USN
MOMM 1c Hubert Coles USN
Cdr David Connole USN
MOMM 3c William Craig USN
F 1c Balous Crutcher USN
TM 1c Perry Curry USN
MOMM 3c Maurice Delone USN
GM 3c Claude Derrick USN
LCdr Robert Dodane USN


Prepared by: J.P.O’Hara, CDR, USN (Ret.)