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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

Name Service Branchsort descending
Sea 1c Burnel Ross USN
Sea 1c Virgil Clement USN
TM 3c Donald George USN
StN 1c Herman Mccalop USN
TM 1c Harry Schlabecker USN
MOMM 1c Henry Coley USN
EM 1c Leonard Dotson USN
Sea 1c Kenneth Mcclure USN
F 2c Leonard Schneider USN
Sea 1c Jack Cooper USN
EM 3c Hoyt Fields USN
MOMM 2c Walter Lines USN
CMOMM Edwin Severance USN
TM 1c Lloyd Mckenzie USN
CCS Clarence Cotton USN
TM 2c Ray Fielitz USN
TM 2c Percy Long USN
F 2c John Shannon USN
MOMM 1c William Ward USN
Lt Jack Crutchfield USN


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