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The United States Navy Memorial

Navy Memorial Honoring the Men & Women of the Sea Services



Ship Designation: 
Date Lost: 
Monday, October 11, 1943
Air Attack in La Perouse Strait
Under the command of CDR Dudley Morton, one of the finest of the Pacific skippers, assisted by his equally talented executive officer, Richard O'Kane, Wahoo became one of the Submarine Force's most valuable units. During her many engagements on seven patrols, she sank a JANAC-confirmed total of 20 ships for 60,200 tons, and damaged two more for 24,900 tons. On her third patrol, the first under Morton and O'Kane, Wahoo destroyed an entire convoy of four ships in a single engagement. On her return to Pearl Harbor, Morton was advised that the Japanese believed that a wolfpack was operating in the area. Wahoo and Morton became submarine legends in their own time. On her seventh patrol, Morton requested permission, which was granted, to operate in the Sea of Japan. JANAC confirmed four ships were sunk in this area by Wahoo prior to her scheduled departure through La Perouse Strait on 11 October. Nothing further was heard from Morton and his 79 crewmen after that date. Japanese records note an ASW aircraft attack on a surfaced submarine in the Strait on 11October, with three depth charges dropped close aboard. This attack was undoubtedly the cause of Wahoo's loss.

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 80

Namesort ascending Service Branch
MM 3c Roy Witting USN
Y 2c William White USN
MM 2c Kenneth Whipp USN
CEM Norman Ware USN
RM 3c Wilbur Waldron USN
Cox Ludwig Wach USN
EM 2c Joe Vidick USN
TM 3c Ralph Tyler USN
Sea 1c William Thomas USN
QM 3c William Terrell USN
MOMM 2c George Stevens USN
BM 1c Donald Smith USN
LCdr Verne Skjonsby USN
SM 2c Alfred Simonetti USN
TM 2c Enoch Seal USN
Sea 1c Henry Renno USN
SC 2c Juano Rennels USN
SC 1c Paul Phillips USN
MM 3c Edwin Ostrander USN
EM 3c Roy Oneal USN


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