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The United States Navy Memorial

Navy Memorial Honoring the Men & Women of the Sea Services



Ship Designation: 
Date Lost: 
Tuesday, February 29, 1944
Lost in the East China Sea
Trout departed Midway Island after fueling on February 16, with plans to finish her patrol and return to Midway on April 7. Nothing further was known of her or her crew of 81. ... Post-war analysis of Japanese records revealed that Sakito Maru was sunk and another ship damaged on February 29 1944 in Trout’s operating area. Since there was no other submarine in the area, it is assumed that Trout was engaged on that date but, if so, she made no report of the action. It is highly probable that she was lost after making the attack.

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 81

Namesort descending Service Branch
CRM Felice Decesare USN
CMOMM Francis Decker USN
Sea 2c William Dortch USN
RM 1c Jack Ehlerding USN
StM 2c John Ewell USN
TM 3c Ora Eye USN
TM 3c Stanley Festin USN
MOMM 2c Wilson Finney USN
RM 3c Gordon Frogner USN
TM 2c Joseph Frontino USN
MM 1c Chester Frost USN
TM 2c Robert Garrison USN
Lt William Gaylord USN
MOMM 2c Robert Gionet USN
SM 1c Alvin Gonyer USN
CY Hubert Gurney USN
Sea 1c Richard Gwynn USN
EM 1c Odell Hall USN
TM 1c Albert Halterman USN
MOMM 3c Sherwood Hanford USN


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