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USS S-28 (SS-133)

USS S-28 (SS-133), lost off Oahu, Hawaii, on July 4, 1944

The following American submarines have been lost since 1900, listed chronologically by date of loss. When the date of loss is not precisely known, a "best guess" date is given. See also our Lost Submarines by Month page.

The "Men Lost" column below lists only the number of men who died as a result of the sinking, including passengers (civilians, foreign nationals, and Army personnel), as well as men who later died as POWs. These figures do not include men lost in events that occured prior to the loss of the vessels. However, those men are included with their shipmates on the pages for the individual submarines linked to below.

If the numbers of men lost as shown on this page appear to conflict with those found on other sources, please see our Discrepancies in Numbers of Lost Submariners page for further information.

Please view the "Additional Losses" pages 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.

 
  Submarine Date of Loss Men Lost
1

F-4 (SS-23)

March 25, 1915

21

2

F-1 (SS-20)

December 17, 1917 19
3 H-1 (SS-28) March 12, 1920 4
4 S-5 (SS-110) September 1, 1920 0
5 O-5 (SS-66) October 28, 1923 3
6 S-51 (SS-162) September 25, 1925 33
7 S-4 (SS-109) December 17, 1927 40
8 SQUALUS (SS-192) May 23, 1939 26
9 O-9 (SS-70) June 20, 1941 33
10 SEALION (SS-195) December 10, 1941 5
11 S-36 (SS-141) January 20, 1942 0
12

S-26 (SS-131)

January 24, 1942

46

13 SHARK (SS-174) February 11, 1942 59
14

PERCH (SS-176)

March 3, 1942

6

15

S-27 (SS-132)

June 19, 1942 0
16

GRUNION (SS-216)

July 30, 1942 70
17 S-39 (SS-144) August 13, 1942 0
18

ARGONAUT (SS-166)

January 10, 1943 102
19

AMBERJACK (SS-219)

February 16, 1943 72*
20

GRAMPUS (SS-207)

March 5, 1943 71
21 TRITON (SS-201) March 15, 1943 74
22

PICKEREL (SS-177)

April 3, 1943

74

23

GRENADIER (SS-210)

April 22, 1943 4
24

R-12 (SS-89)

June 12, 1943

42

25

RUNNER (SS-275)

July 12, 1943

78

26

POMPANO (SS-181)

September 9, 1943

77

27

GRAYLING (SS-209)

September 17, 1943 76
28

CISCO (SS-290)

September 28, 1943

76

29 S-44 (SS-155) October 7, 1943 56
30 WAHOO (SS-238) October 11, 1943 80
31

DORADO (SS-248)

October 12, 1943

77

32

CORVINA (SS-226)

November 16, 1943 82
33 SCULPIN (SS-191) November 19, 1943 63
34

CAPELIN (SS-289)

December 2, 1943 76
35 SCORPION (SS-278) February 1, 1944 77
36

GRAYBACK (SS-208)

February 26, 1944

80

37 TROUT (SS-202) February 29, 1944 81
38 TULLIBEE (SS-284) March 26, 1944 79
39

GUDGEON (SS-211)

April 18, 1944 79
40

HERRING (SS-233)

June 1, 1944

83

41

GOLET (SS-361)

June 14, 1944 82
42

S-28 (SS-133)

July 4, 1944 49
43

ROBALO (SS-273)

July 26, 1944 81
44

FLIER (SS-250)

August 13, 1944 78
45

HARDER (SS-257)

August 24, 1944 79
46 SEAWOLF (SS-197) October 3, 1944 100
47

ESCOLAR (SS-294)

October 19, 1944 82
48

DARTER (SS-227)

October 24, 1944 0
49 SHARK (SS-314) October 24, 1944 87
50 TANG (SS-306) October 25, 1944 78
51

ALBACORE (SS-218)

November 7, 1944 85
52

GROWLER (SS-215)

November 8, 1944 86
53 SCAMP (SS-277) November 16, 1944 83
54 SWORDFISH (SS-193) January 12, 1945 89
55

BARBEL (SS-316)

February 4, 1945 81
56

KETE (SS-369)

March 20, 1945

87

57 TRIGGER (SS-237) March 28, 1945 89
58 SNOOK (SS-279) April 9, 1945 84
59

LAGARTO (SS-371)

May 4, 1945

86

60

BONEFISH (SS-223)

June 18, 1945 85
61

BULLHEAD (SS-332)

August 6, 1945 84
62 COCHINO (SS-345) August 26, 1949 1
63 STICKLEBACK (SS-415) May 29, 1958 0
64 THRESHER (SSN-593) April 10, 1963 129
65 SCORPION (SSN-589) May 22, 1968 99

*One man was killed by enemy gunfire 12 days before the boat was lost on the same patrol. If he is included, the number of men lost with Amberjack would be 73.


A case could be made for including a number of other submarines on this list, including:

ex-USS G-2 (SS-22) - decommissioned vessel that sank as a test vehicle on July 30, 1919. Three men lost.

USS R-6 (SS-83) - sank at San Pedro (California) due to a malfunction in one of her torpedo tubes on September 26, 1921. She was refloated on October 13, 1921, and returned to service. Two men, John Edward Dreffein and Frank Amzi Spalsbury, were lost.

S-48 (pre-commissioning) (SS-159) - sank during builder's trials by flooding through a ballast tank manhole cover on December 7, 1921. All aboard escapred through a torpedo tube. The boat was commissioned on October 14, 1922. No men lost.

USS S-38 (SS-143) - sank alongside the tender USS Ortolan on July 17, 1923, when a crew member removed a valve cover, flooding the motor room. No men lost.

ex-USS R-8 (SS-85) - decommissioned vessel that sank at her moorings on February 26, 1936. No men lost.

USS Bass (SS-164) - used in limited capacity after the fire that killed 26 of her crew on August 17, 1942.

USS Salmon (SS-182) - used in limited capacity after her last war patrol (September 24-November 3, 1944) due to severe damage from enemy action. No men lost.

USS Halibut (SS-232) - used in limited capacity after her 10th war patrol (October 8-November 19, 1944) due to severe damage from enemy action. No men lost.

USS Lancetfish (SS-296) - flooded through an aft torpedo tube and sank on March 15, 1945. She was raised eight days later and decommissioned March 24, 1945. She was in commission for only 41 days. No men lost.

USS Chopper (SS-342) - service life shortened after suffering damage in an uncontrolled dive and ascent on February 11, 1969. No men lost.

Guitarro (SSN-665) (pre-commissioning) - sank at the pier at Mare Island Naval Shipyard due to a combination of unfortunate actions by shipyard workers on May 15, 1969. No men lost. The incident delayed her commissioning until September 9, 1972.

USS Thomas A. Edison (SSBN-610/SSN-610) - service life shortened after suffering damage in a collision with USS Leftwich (DD-984) on November 29, 1982. No men lost.

USS Nathanael Greene (SSBN-636) - decommissioned instead of being repaired after a grounding on March 13, 1986, to conform to SALT agreement. No men lost.

USS Bonefish (SS-582) - declared a functional loss after suffering a fire on April 24, 1988. Three men lost, listed on "Additional Losses - Post-WWII."

USS Baton Rouge (SSN-689) - service life shortened after suffering damage in a collision with a Russian submarine on February 11, 1992. No men lost.

USS Miami (SSN-755) - decommissioned instead of being repaired after suffering a fire on May 23, 2012. No men lost.


Discrepancies in Numbers of Lost Submariners

NHHC - Corrected Discrepancies in Submarine Losses

Lost Submarines by Month

Lost Boat State Assignments

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