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USS R-12 (SS-89)

 

The wreck of USS R-12 was recently discovered in 600 feet of water off Key West, Florida, by an exploration team led by Tim Taylor aboard the expedition vessel RV Tiburon.  Please contact us if you are related to anyone who served on R-12. Also see USS R-12 (SS-89) Submarine (external link)

The following men were lost while serving on USS R-12 (SS-89), including two Brazilian Naval Officers who were on board to observe a torpedo firing exercise.

Click on a man's name to go to his personal memorial page on this site. 

For a brief history of the boat, please see The Loss of USS R-12.

 
  Name Photo
1 Alberto Gonçalves Rosauro de Almeida (Brazilian Navy)  Yes
2

General William Bacon

 Yes
3

Robert Burton Bronson

 Yes
4

James Joseph Buckley

 Yes
5

Fredrick Edward Cashell

 Yes
6

Howard Livingston Clayton

 Yes
7

Raymond Francis Flisher

 Yes
8

Lenard Earl Garbulsky

 Yes

9

Frederick Patrick Graziani, Jr.

 Yes
10

Joseph Cyril Hall, Jr.

 Yes
11

Elmer Larry Harman, Jr.

 Yes
12

James Ulysses Horton

 Yes
13

Joseph Stephen Horvath

 Yes
14

Howard Herbert Knapp

 Yes
15

Everett Samuel Krigbaum

 Yes
16

Leland Van Kymer, Jr.

 Yes

17

Charles Buddy LeVan

 Yes
18

Henry Peter Lobeck

 Yes

19

Curtis Virgle Mathis

 Yes
20

Paul Ralph McKibben

 Yes
21

Joseph Moncada

 Yes
22 Julio Lima de Moura (Brazilian Navy)  Yes
23

Albert Jackson Mullis

 Yes
24

George William Ness

 Yes
25

Paul Louis Noonan

 Yes
26

John Henry Rabbitt

 Yes

27

Edward John Rafferty

 Yes
28

Lyle Edmund Schnake

 Yes
29

Craig R. Scott

 Yes
30

Howard Russell Secor

 Yes
31

Harry Henry Shellenberger

 Yes
32

Granby Solomon Smith

 Yes

33

Roger Norton Starks

 Yes
34

Donald Charles Sullivan

 Yes
35

Rudolph Albert Thompson, Jr.

 Yes
36

James Donald Unger

 Yes
37

Ernest William Vincent

 Yes
38

Norman William Walker

 Yes
39

Edwin Francis Walsh

 Yes

40

Kenneth John Wheeler

 Yes

41

Willie Daniel Young

 Yes
42

George Arthur Zimmerman

 Yes

 

The following USS R-12 crew members survived the sinking or were not aboard when the boat sank.  Two men were later lost on other submarines.

1 Eric Preston Bailey
2 Robert Bird Balfe
3 Percy Edward Barnett
4 Claude Alphonse Boucher
5 Joe Lawrence Cross
6 Daniel Enoch Davis
7 Robert Durrenberger
8 Robert Niel England
9 John Kapral (survived sinking)
10 William Wilfred Mayer
11 Glenn Harding Niles
12 Leif Ovenson
13 Jack Edward Pinkley
14 Sydney Herbert Pool (survived sinking)
15 Adolph John Schnee
16 Ernest Edward Schwartz
17 Edward Ellis Shelby, Commanding Officer (survived sinking)
18 John Joseph Sullivan
19 Franklin Augustus Van Leuven
20 William D. Whetstone (survived sinking)
21 James Henry Wood
22 Edward Felix Zielinski (survived sinking)
23 Frank Joseph Zions

How to Submit Photos and Information

The U.S. Submarine Veterans of World War II assigned USS R-12 (SS-89)

to the State of Rhode Island.

Submarines Lost in World War II

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