List/Photos: Lost Submariners of World War II from New Mexico

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Robert Howard Greenwall was on USS Trigger (SS-237). It was probably sunk by air and surface attack.

NEW MEXICO (KRQE) – Fifty-two U.S. Naval submarines were lost during World War II. Among the thousands of sailors who perished, were 24 New Mexicans. Below is a list of lost submariners from New Mexico. The following information was provided by “On Eternal Patrol” website. The primary purpose of the site is to honor the men of the United States Submarine Force.

J.T Blevins

  • DOB: April 7, 1929
  • From: Grants, New Mexico
  • Submarine: USS Herring (SS-233)
  • Lost Date: June 1, 1944
  • Location: Near Point Tagan, Matsuwa Island, Kuriles
  • Circumstances: Sunk by gunfire from shore batteries

Ben Alvin Branum, Jr.

  • DOB: May 6, 1925
  • From: Hobbs, New Mexico
  • Submarine: USS Snook (SS-279)
  • Lost Date: April 9, 1945
  • Location: Near 18° 40′ N x 110° 40′ E
  • Circumstances: Lost at sea, cause unknown

Fred Connaway

  • DOB: January 22, 1911
  • From: Deming, New Mexico
  • Submarine: USS Sculpin (SS-191)
  • Lost Date: November 19, 1943
  • Location: North of Oroluk Island near Truk
  • Circumstances: Killed by gunfire on bridge before the boat was sunk by a Japanese destroyer.

Robert Leon Cox

  • DOB: October 10, 1917
  • From:  Santa Rita, New Mexico
  • Submarine: USS Seawolf (SS-197)
  • Lost Date: October 3, 1944
  • Location: North of Morotai, between PI and Indonesia
  • Circumstances: Sunk in error by USS Rowell

Alexander Louis Durand Jr.

  • DOB: November 21, 1923
  • From: Los Lunas, New Mexico
  • Submarine: USS Growler (SS-215)
  • Lost Date: November 8, 1944
  • Location: South China Sea
  • Circumstances: Probably sunk by depth charge attack

John Worth Gamel

  • DOB: April 20, 1915
  • From: Roswell, New Mexico
  • Submarine: USS Sculpin (SS-191)
  • Lost Date: November 19, 1943
  • Location: North of Oroluk Island near Truk
  • Circumstances: Sunk by a Japanese destroyer

Robert Howard Greenwell

  • DOB: September 6, 1921
  • From: Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Submarine: USS Trigger (SS-237)
  • Lost Date: March 28, 1945
  • Location: In area 32° 16’N to 30° 40’N by 132° 05’E to 127° 50’E
  • Circumstances: Probably sunk by air and surface attack

Calvin Livingston Hampton

  • DOB: November 1, 1914
  • From: Gallup, New Mexico
  • Submarine: USS Escolar (SS-294)
  • Lost Date: October 17, 1944
  • Location: East of 33° 44’N x 127° 33’E
  • Circumstances: Lost at sea, cause unknown

Laurel Kenneth Johnson

  • DOB: November 2, 1925
  • From: Clovis, New Mexico
  • Submarine: USS Herring (SS-233)
  • Lost Date: June 1, 1944
  • Location: Near Point Tagan, Matsuwa Island, Kuriles
  • Circumstances: Sunk by gunfire from shore batteries

Neal Kenneth Johnson

  • DOB: July 24, 1923
  • From: Tucumcari, New Mexico
  • Submarine: USS S-28 (SS-133)
  • Lost Date: July 4, 1944
  • Location: Off Hawaii
  • Circumstances: Foundered during training

Homer Lymon King

  • DOB: November 18, 1919
  • Born: Carlsbad, New Mexico
  • Submarine: USS Runner (SS-275)
  • Lost Date: July 11, 1943
  • Location: North of Hokkaido, Japan
  • Circumstances: Probably sunk by a mine

James Thomas Northam

  • DOB: September 24, 1921
  • From: Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Submarine: USS Grayback (SS-208)
  • Lost Date: February 26, 1944
  • Location: Near 25° 47’N x 128° 45’E, south of Okinawa
  • Circumstances: Sunk by air attack

Howard Estelano Ortega

  • DOB: September 29, 1925
  • From: Pastura, New Mexico
  • Submarine: USS Largarto (SS-371)
  • Lost Date: May 4, 1945
  • Location: Off Malay coast near the Gulf of Siam
  • Circumstances: Sunk by a depth charge attack

Randall Ward Osburn

  • DOB: April 29, 1922
  • From: Hot Springs, New Mexico
  • Submarine: USS Corvina (SS-226)
  • Lost Date: November 16, 1943
  • Location: Just south of Truk
  • Circumstances: Probably sunk by Japanese submarine I-176
  • Johnnie Padilla
    • DOB: April 25, 1924
    • Born: Magdalena, New Mexico
    • Submarine: USS Growler (SS-215)
    • Lost Date: November 8, 1944
    • Location: South China Sea
    • Circumstances: Probably sunk by depth charge attack

Robert Eugene Page

  • DOB: August 1, 1922
  • From: Springer, New Mexico
  • Submarine: USS Triton (SS-201)
  • Lost Date: March 15, 1943
  • Location: Between Rabaul and Shortlands Basin
  • Circumstances: Probably sunk by depth charge attack.

Ralph Leonard Reynolds Jr.

  • DOB: August 21, 1921
  • From: Cuba, New Mexico
  • Submarine: USS Runner (SS-275)
  • Lost Date: July 11, 1943
  • Location: North of Hokkaido, Japan
  • Circumstances: Probably sunk by a mine.

Lawrence Storrie Rinehart

  • OB: October 18, 1919
  • From: Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Submarine: USS Halibut (SS-232)
  • Lost Date: August 23, 1942
  • Location: Between Attu and Kiska, Aleutian Islands
  • Circumstances: Left topside when submarine dove after a battle surface action

Lupe Romero

  • DOB: March 12, 1905
  • From: Mora, New Mexico
  • Submarine: USS Argonaut (SS-166)
  • Lost Date: January 10, 1943
  • Location: Near Rabaul (05° 155’N, 153° 50’E)
  • Circumstances: Sunk by surface attack and depth charges

James William Saint

  • DOB: December 9, 1918
  • From: Mountainair, New Mexico
  • Submarine: USS Seawolf (SS-197)
  • Lost Date: October 3, 1944
  • Location: Between the Philippines and Indonesia
  • Circumstances: Sunk in error by USS Rowell

George Seaman Wester

  • DOB: January 31, 1924
  • From: Las Vegas, New Mexico
  • Submarine: USS S-44 (SS-155)
  • Location: Off Paramushiru, Northern Kuriles
  • Circumstances: Sunk by a Japanese destroyer

James Milton White

  • DOB: August 16, 1915
  • Born: Deming, New Mexico
  • Submarine: USS Tang (SS-306)
  • Lost Date: October 25, 1944
  • Location: Formosa Strait near Turnabout Island
  • Circumstances: Sunk by a circular run of own torpedo

Maynard Frank Wickham

  • DOB: December 12, 1915
  • From: Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Submarine: USS Scamp (SS-277)
  • Lost Date: November 16, 1944
  • Location: Off Inubo Saki near Tokyo Bay
  • Circumstances: Sunk by a mine

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