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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 ascending
MOMM 1c William Ward USN
Lt Jack Crutchfield USN
TM 3c George Ford USN
Sea 1c William Martin USN
MM 3c Laurence Shepherd USN
EM 3c Thomas Ashton USN
OC 3c John Dabney USN
Sea 1c Joseph Fedorchak USN
LCdr George Mackenzie USN
QM 2c Ferguson White USN
CEM William Ballou USN
EM 3c Lee Hobbs USN
Lt John Eichmann USN
EM 1c Thomas Thompson USN
MOMM 2c Donald Wycoff USN
Sea 1c Frank Barnes USN
CMOMM Donald Holquist USN
MOMM 1c Alexander Klekotka USN
Lt Vernon Sorensen USN
RM3 (SS) Robert Page USN


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