Follow Us

Follow us   

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

Name Service Branchsort descending
TM 3c Arthur Bair USN
Sea 1c Henry Renno USN
EM 3c Joseph Erdey USN
EM 2c Howard Howe USN
CMM Thomas Mcgill USN
MM 3c Jimmie Berg USN
LCdr Verne Skjonsby USN
MM 3c Leon Hartman USN
Sea 1c Van House USN
TM 3c Howard Mcgilton USN
Lt(jg) Donald Brown USN
SM 2c Alfred Simonetti USN
EM 2c Dean Hayes USN
Sea 1c Paul Krebs USN
SM 3c Ernest Maulding USN
MOMM 2c Chester Browning USN
BM 1c Donald Smith USN
EM 2c William Hand USN
F 1c Arthur Lape USN
TM 3c George Maulding USN


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