Dytche, John Ralph, CPO Fallen
 
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Last Rank
Chief Petty Officer
Last Primary Designator/NEC
PhM-0000-Pharmacist Mate
Last Rating/NEC Group
Pharmacist's Mate
Last Duty Station
1944-1945, PhM-0000, USS Barbel (SS-316)
Service Years
1934 - 1945
PhM-Pharmacist's Mate
Two Hash Marks

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Home State
Maryland
Maryland
Year of Birth
1916
 
Casualty Info
Home Town
Annapolis, MD
Last Address
Not Specified

Casualty Date
Feb 04, 1945
 
Cause
Hostile, Died while Missing
Reason
Lost At Sea-Unrecovered
Location
Philippines
Conflict
World War II/Submarine War Patrols
Location of Interment
Manila American Cemetery and Memorial - Manila, Philippines
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Tablets of the Missing (cenotaph)

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 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
On 3 February BARBEL sent a message to GABILAN, USS TUNA (SS-203), and USS BLACKFIN (SS-322) stating that she had been bombed by enemy aircraft three times that day and would transmit again the following night with more information. But no transmission came. On 6 February, TUNA indicated that she had been unable to raise BARBEL for 48 hours and requested a rendezvous with her sister sub on the following day. BARBEL didn’t show. The navy declared her overdue and presumed lost on 16 February, the day on which she was scheduled to leave her patrol area.

Japanese records examined after the war state that on 4 February a plane dropped two bombs on a surfaced sub, scoring one hit near the bridge. The crew of the aircraft watched the sub, on fire, plunge beneath the waves. It did not return to the surface. It is almost certain that the sub was BARBEL.

Eighty-one men were lost with their boat, the recipient of three battle stars for her World War II service
   
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World War II/Submarine War Patrols
Start Year
1939
End Year
1945

Description
Not Specified
   
My Participation in This Battle or Operation
From Year
1939
To Year
1945
 
Last Updated:
Mar 1, 2010
   
Personal Memories

Memories
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.

   
My Photos From This Battle or Operation
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  499 Also There at This Battle:
  • Azer, John, CAPT, 1948
  • Betty, Charles, PO2, 1945
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