Jim Baldwin lives in Utah, and is concentrating on
the men of USS Scamp (SS-277) and USS Seawolf (SS-197).
The late Mary
Bentz, niece of Carmine Anthony Parziale
of USS Grunion, was one of the original "sub ladies" who were able to
find at least one relative of each of the lost Grunion crew before
the boat's Memorial Ceremony in 2008.
She and her husband Richard,
along with John, Bruce, and Susan Abele, collaborated with
author Peter F. Stevens in writing a book, Fatal Dive, on the Search for the
Grunion, and she was also co-author of We Remember Them: A Biographical Supplement to Fatal Dive.
Please see this Tribute to Mary on the Search for the Grunion blog.
Jonathan Bryan, a Virginian who now lives in Massachusetts, has a special interest in Pre-WWII submarine losses.
Converse has done extensive research on the men of many World War II
submarines, including USS Barbel, USS Albacore, and USS Shark
Jim (left) is shown here with World War II submariner Nick
Guigliardo, aboard USS Batfish in Muskogee, Oklahoma.
Robert H. (Rob) Downie is a retired Commander in the Navy Reserve. He has been passionately interested in World War II submarines since his childhood days near Detroit, where USS Tambor served as a pierside trainer.
Rob has proofread and added new information to our "Submarines Lost in World War II" section.
Gary Ghertner lives in Forest
Park, Illinois. He is a retired computer programmer/analyst,
(family) genealogical researcher and an avid photographer/blogger.
His interest in submarines sprouted from having read Clay Blair’s
Silent Victory (several times). Gary is researching men of the USS
Trigger and USS Bonefish.
Loretta Hill, niece of
Albert Wilson of USS Pompano, is our primary
researcher for the men of her uncle's boat. She served fifty
years in public school education as a teacher, high school principal
and central office administrator. She retired in 2005.
(Scriven) Iwanick is a ten-year veteran
researcher for lost submariners, particularly for the men of USS
Wahoo. She has also worked on finding the families of the men
lost on USS Grunion, USS Flier, and USS R-12, among others.
Steve Katona began his federal career at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard and is now retired in Milton, Delaware. His current research interest is the lost WWII boats with a connection to Delaware including USS Albacore, USS Herring and USS Kete. He also volunteers with the Naval History and Heritage Command where he has provided research support to the search for and identification of USS S-28, USS Escolar and USS S-35.
Mary Mihovich recently retired as a reference librarian in USS Flier crew member Al
Jacobson’s Michigan hometown. With a background in genealogy
and a family connection to WWII in the Pacific, she became a
researcher in the months leading up to the USS Flier Memorial
Ceremony, held in Muskegon in 2010. She also assists in
research regarding other WWII submariners, particularly those with a
The late Vicki
Nelson lived in
Wisconsin, and was our primary researcher for the men of USS S-28 and of USS Herring. She diligently worked on the search for the
families of the men of USS R-12, USS Scamp,
USS Bullhead, and USS Grayback, as well as the men with ties to
Wisconsin and Minnesota. She also researched the men who were lost on the submarines that were built in Manitowoc, Wisconsin - USS Golet, USS Kete, USS Lagarto, and USS Robalo.
Rutan is a retired Police Detective, Air Force veteran, and genealogy
researcher at the Lambert Castle Genealogy Library in Paterson, New
Jersey. He is our primary researcher for the men of the submarine tender USS Canopus (AS-9).
The late Paul
W. Wittmer - World War II submariner, author, and qualified
researcher at the National Archives' Military Personnel Records
Center in St. Louis, Missouri. In the first ten years of this site he contributed hundreds of
photos and thousands of bits of information.
Dr. William W. Bower, with a long and distinguished career as a Mechanical Engineer, is now our primary researcher for data at the National Archives' Military Personnel Records
Center in St. Louis, Missouri. His father, Lieutenant William W. Bower, Sr., was lost with the submarine USS Albacore (SS-218). Bill is presently working on the records of the men of his father's submarine, as well as on our special projects.
R. Hinman - Director of Education - History, Pacific Fleet Submarine Museum (formerly known as USS Bowfin Submarine
Museum & Park), Honolulu, Hawaii. Creator and manager of On
Eternal Patrol. Serves as World War II Submarine Services
Coordinator, assisting COMSUBPAC and the Naval History & Heritage Command with information and photos, and as
a liaison between the Navy and the families of the lost submariners. He is the co-author with Paul W. Wittmer of the six volume work, United States Submarine Men Lost During Wolrd War II, Edition Five (2014), and with Dr. Douglas Campbell, The Submarine Has No Friends (2019).
If you have a particular interest in submarines and/or
genealogy, and would like to participate in this project by assisting us by searching for the relatives of the men we seek
to honor, please
If you would like to submit a photo of a man who was lost on
duty while serving in the U.S. Submarine Force, or have some information
that you would like to contribute, please click on this link:
How to Submit Photos and Information
WWII Men - Photos Needed
Pre-WWII Men - Photos Needed
Post-WWII Men - Photos Needed
Discrepancies in Numbers of Lost Submariners
How to Submit Photos and