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USS Tautog (SS-199)

USS Tautog (SS-199)

The following American submarines, submarine tenders, and submarine rescue vessels sustained the loss of at least one man during World War II.  Vessels listed in bold were lost.

In addition, two submarines (USS S-36 and USS S-39) on this list did not suffer the loss of any man of their crews, but are included because of the loss of the vessels themselves. Please note that, although no men died as a result of the losses of USS S-27 and USS Darter, one man each was lost in non-sinking (or more correctly in both S-27 and Darter's cases, non-grounding) events.

Known losses incurred by submarine tenders USS Canopus, USS Holland, USS Otus, USS Proteus, and USS Sperry, and the Submarine Rescue Vessels USS Chanticleer, USS Pigeon, and USS Macaw, are also included. 

Please view the "Additional Losses" page for listings of men were lost while serving on vessels that were not sunk.  The 26 men who died on USS Bass (SS-164) are listed on an individual page.

 
  Name & Hull Number of Submarine Total Number of Men Lost
1

ALBACORE (SS-218)

  85
2

AMBERJACK (SS-219)

  73 (one man killed in non-sinking event)
3

ARCHERFISH (SS-311)

    1
4

ARGONAUT (APS-1), (SS-166)

102 (additionally, 30 Marine Raiders carried on Argonaut and Nautilus were lost on Makin Island)
5

BARB (SS-220)

    1
6

BARBEL (SS-316)

  81
7

BASS (SS-164)

  26

8

BILLFISH (SS-286)

    1
9

BLACKFISH (SS-221)

    1

10

BLUEBACK (SS-326)

    1
11

BONEFISH (SS-223)

  85
12

BREAM (SS-243)

    3 (one crewmember and two passengers)
13

BUGARA (SS-331)

    1
14

BULLHEAD (SS-332)

  84
15

BURRFISH (SS-312)

    3 (all passengers)
16

CABRILLA (SS-288)

    2

17 CANOPUS (AS-9) (Sub Tender) 218 (known; see Canopus page for circumstances of individual losses)
18

CAPELIN (SS-289)

  76 (records of two additional men are unverified)
19 CHANTICLEER (ASR-7) Sub Rescue)     2
20

CISCO (SS-290)

  76

21

COBIA (SS-245)

    1
22

COD (SS-224)

    1
23

CORVINA (SS-226)

  82
24

CREVALLE (SS-291)

    1
25

CROAKER (SS-246)

    2
26

DARTER (SS-227)

    1 (non-sinking incident)
27

DORADO (SS-248)

  77

28

ESCOLAR (SS-294)

  82
29

FLIER (SS-250)

  79 (one man died in non-sinking event)
30

FLYING FISH (SS-229)

    3
31

GOLET (SS-361)

  82
32

GRAMPUS (SS-207)

  71
33

GRAYBACK (SS-208)

  81 (one man killed in non-sinking event)

34

GRAYLING (SS-209)

  77 (including one U.S. Army Air Force passenger)
35

GRENADIER (SS-210)

    4 (all four men died as Prisoners of War)
36

GROWLER (SS-215)

  90 (three men killed and one died in non-sinking events)
37

GRUNION (SS-216)

  70
38

GUDGEON (SS-211)

  81 (two men died in non-sinking events)
39

GUITARRO (SS-363)

    1
40

HAKE (SS-256)

    1

41

HALIBUT (SS-232)

    1

42

HAMMERHEAD (SS-364)

    1
43

HARDER (SS-257)

  79
44

HERRING (SS-233)

  84 (one man died in non-sinking event)

45 HOLLAND (AS-3) (Sub Tender)     1
46 JACK (SS-259)     1
47

KETE (SS-369)

  87

48

LAGARTO (SS-371)

  88 (two men died in separate, non-sinking events)

49 MACAW (ASR-11) (Sub Rescue)     5
50

MINGO (SS-261)

    2

51

MUSKALLUNGE (SS-262)

    1

52

NARWHAL (SS-167)

    1
53 O-4 (SS-65)     1
54 OTUS (AS-20) (Sub Tender)     8
55

PARCHE (SS-384)

    2

56

PERCH (SS-176)

    6 (all six men died as Prisoners of War)

57 PERCH (SS-313)     1
58 PETO (SS-265)     1
59

PICKEREL (SS-177)

  74

60 PIGEON (ASR-6) (Sub Rescue)    16 (all 16 men died as Prisoners of War)
61 PILOTFISH (SS-386)     2 (in seperate incidents)
62

PINTADO (SS-387)

    1
63

PLUNGER (SS-179)

    1
64

POLLACK (SS-180)

    1

65

POMPANO (SS-181)

  78 (one man killed on board in a non-sinking event)

66

PORPOISE (SS-172)

    1

67

PROTEUS (AS-19) (Sub Tender)

    2
68

PUFFER (SS-268)

    1

69

R-7 (SS-84)

    1
70

R-9 (SS-86)

    1

71

R-12 (SS-89)

  42 (40 crewmembers and two Brazilian Navy passengers)

72

R-18 (SS-95)

    1
73

RASHER (SS-269)

    2
74

ROBALO (SS-273)

  81 (four men died as Prisoners of War)
75

RUNNER (SS-275)

  78

76

S-14 (SS-119)

    1
77

S-17 (SS-122)

    2
78 S-18 (SS-123)     1
79

S-26 (SS-131)

  46

80

S-27 (SS-132)

    1 (non-sinking incident)
81

S-28 (SS-133)

  49
82

S-31 (SS-136)

    3 (all in separate accidents)
83

S-33 (SS-138)

    2
84 S-36 (SS-141)     1 (died as a Prisoner of War)
85

S-37 (SS-142)

    1
86

S-38 (SS-143)

    1
87 S-39 (SS-144)     0 (no men lost)
88 S-40 (SS-145)     1
89 S-44 (SS-155)   56
90 SALMON (SS-182)     2 (in seperate incidents)
91 SCABBARDFISH (SS-397)     1
92 SCAMP (SS-277)   83
93 SCORPION (SS-278)   78 (one man killed in non-sinking event)
94 SCULPIN (SS-191)   63 (see Sculpin page for circumstances of individual losses)
95 SEA FOX (SS-402)     5
96 SEA ROBIN (SS-407)     1
97 SEADRAGON (SS-194)     4 (records of one man unverified)
98 SEALION (SS-195)     6 (two men died as Prisoners of War)
99 SEAWOLF (SS-197) 100 (83 crew members, 17 Army Personnel)
100 SEGUNDO (SS-398)     1
101 SHARK (SS-174)   59
102 SHARK (SS-314)   87
103 SILVERSIDES (SS-236)     1
104 SKATE (SS-305)     1
105 SNAPPER (SS-185)     2 (in seperate incidents)
106 SNOOK (SS-279)   84
107 SPERRY (AS-12) (Sub Tender)     1
108 SUNFISH (SS-281)     2 (in separate accidents)
109 SWORDFISH (SS-193)   90 (one man died in non-sinking event)
110 TAMBOR (SS-198)     1
111 TANG (SS-306)   78
112 TAUTOG (SS-199)     1
113 THRESHER (SS-200)     1
114 TINOSA (SS-283)     1
115 TORSK (SS-423)     1
116 TRIGGER (SS-237)   89
117 TRITON (SS-201)   74
118 TROUT (SS-202)   81
119 TULLIBEE (SS-284)   80 (one man killed in non-sinking event)
120 TUNA (SS-203)     1
121 WAHOO (SS-238)   80
  Other*     6

*Submariners who were lost while not specifically assigned to a submarine.

Discrepancies in Numbers of Lost Submariners

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