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The United States Navy Memorial

Navy Memorial Honoring the Men & Women of the Sea Services



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

Name Service Branchsort ascending
TM 1c Albert Halterman USN
GM 3c James Barker USN
Y 3c John Crowley USN
RT 3c Harold Tierney USN
MOMM 2c Robert Kaiser USN
CEM Donald Harrison USN
Lt(jg) Clarence Beckley USN
MOMM 1c Edwin Cunningham USN
MOMM 1c Arthur Teisen USN
TM 2c Albert Johnson USN
Sea 2c William Dortch USN
RM 3c Thomas Bennett USN
MOMM 1c Kenneth Scott USN
TM 3c Everett Thoits USN
EM 3c Roland Kunstman USN
CRM Felice Decesare USN
CPhM John Boland USN
TM 3c Samuel Sebring USN
SM 3c Ernest Walker USN
BM 2c Elbert King USN