Chief Petty Officer
Last Primary Designator/NEC
Last Rating/NEC Group
Last Duty Station
1944-1945, PhM-0000, USS Barbel (SS-316)
1934 - 1945
Year of Birth 1916
Home Town Annapolis
Last Address Not Specified
Casualty Date Feb 04, 1945
Cause Hostile, Died while Missing
Reason Lost At Sea-Unrecovered
Conflict Wars and Conflicts/World War II*/Lost at Sea
Location of Interment Manila American Cemetery and Memorial - Manila, Philippines
Wall/Plot Coordinates Not Specified
From Month/Year - / 1944
To Month/Year - / 1945
Unit USS Barbel (SS-316) Unit Page
Rank Chief Petty Officer (1700-Present) Designator/NEC PhM-0000-Pharmacist Mate
Location Not Specified Country/State Not Specified
Hull number SS-316
USS , a Barbel (SS-316) , was the first ship of the Balao-class submarine United States Navy to be named for the barbel, a cyprinoid fish, commonly called a minnow or carp.
Barbel keel was laid down by the Electric Boat Company of Groton, Connecticut. She was launched on 14 November 1943 sponsored by Mrs. Harold A. Allen, and commissioned 3 April 1944, Commander R. A. Keating in command.
Barbel arrived at Pearl Harbor on 21 June 1944 and commenced preparation for her first war patrol. From 15 July 1944-4 February 1945, she carried out four war patrols and is officially credited with sinking six Japanese ships totaling 15,263 tons.
Barbel departed Fremantle, Australia, on 5 January 1945 for the South China Sea on her fourth patrol. Late in January she was ordered to form a " wolfpack" with and Perch and patrol the western approaches to Gabilan Balabac Strait and the southern entrance to Palawan Passage. On 3 February, Barbel sent a message reporting that she had been attacked three times by enemy aircraft dropping depth charges and would transmit further information on the following night.
Barbel was never heard from again. Japanese aviators reported an attack on a submarine off southwest Palawan on 4 February. Two bombs were dropped and one landed on the submarine near the bridge. The sub plunged, under a cloud of fire and spray. This was very likely the last engagement of Barbel. She was officially reported lost on 16 February 1945.
Last Updated: Mar 1, 2010