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The United States Navy Memorial

Navy Memorial Honoring the Men & Women of the Sea Services



Ship Designation: 
Date Lost: 
Monday, March 15, 1943
Lost at Sea
As was common with the majority of submarine losses, the exact details of Triton’s loss are not known. ... On her final patrol, she was operating in the vicinity of Rabaul. She reported sinking two AKs in a convoy on March 7, 1943 and eight hours later, reported hits on two more. On March 11, she reported that she was still chasing the remains of the convoy. On March 13, Triton was warned that three destroyers were operating in her area, possibly on antisubmarine operations. The warning was acknowledged but nothing further was heard from the submarine or her crew of 74. ... Postwar analysis of Japanese records indicates that an attack by the three destroyers on March 15, almost certainly was the cause of her loss. Trigger (SS-237), operating about 10 miles from Triton’s position, heard a sustained depth charge attack in that direction at the time cited in the Japanese reports.

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 73

Namesort ascending Service Branch
MOMM 2c Clyde Holland USN
GM 3c Jesse Hogg USN
EM 3c Lee Hobbs USN
TM 1c Martin Herstich USN
Sea 1c Floyd Harmon USN
Sea 1c Robert Harbold USN
CMM Donovan Hall USN
Sea 1c Donald Hale USN
PhM 1c Bert Grooms USN
TM 3c Donald George USN
TM 3c George Ford USN
TM 2c Ray Fielitz USN
EM 3c Hoyt Fields USN
Sea 1c Joseph Fedorchak USN
Lt John Eichmann USN
EM 1c Leonard Dotson USN
OC 3c John Dabney USN
Lt Jack Crutchfield USN
CCS Clarence Cotton USN
Sea 1c Jack Cooper USN


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