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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 descending Service Branch
EM 1c Walter Larkins USN
F 3c John Lawler USN
MOMM 2c Walter Lines USN
TM 2c Percy Long USN
LCdr George Mackenzie USN
Sea 1c William Martin USN
StN 1c Herman Mccalop USN
Sea 1c Kenneth Mcclure USN
TM 1c Lloyd Mckenzie USN
RM 2c Jack Meade USN
Sea 1c Russell Nixson USN
Y 2c Russell Olvey USN
Lt(jg) Cornelius Osullivan USN
TM 1c Roy Ottersen USN
RM3 (SS) Robert Page USN
LT Edward Parks USN
F2 Willie Peeler USN
MOMM2 (SS) John Petrun USN
RM1 (SS) Charles Poyneer USN
Sea 1c Burnel Ross USN


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