S-44 was lost on the night of 7 October 1944, when a radar contact initially identified as a small merchant vessel proved to be the Japanese escort Ishigaki, which opened fire before the submarine could submerge. Eight men were believed to have got off the sinking submarine, but only two were picked up by the escort. Following interrogation, the two survivors were sent to the Ashio copper mines. It was only after the two men were liberated that the Navy was able to determine what had happened by S-44, which had previously been listed as “Missing—presumed lost.”

Beck, Billy M., S1
Biller, Tobias R., S1
Brown, Francis E., LCDR (Commanding Officer)
Butters, Leo E., CSC
Calvert, Charles F., MoMM2
Carrier, Patrick A., EM3
Cleverdon, Tom, CphM
Cooper, Thomas O, S2
Cutright, Paul P., MoMM1
Dillow, William, CMoMM
Duva, Ernest A., CTM (survivor)
Ellis, William H., EM3
Erhart, William E., S1
Fees, Rhollo R., MoMM1
Ferrell, Earl D., Y2
Gander, David E., F1
George, Frank, F1
Giles, Fred, Jr., F1
Gillen, Frederick E., Jr., S2
Glenn, Curtis, Ck2
Godfrey, Edward W., MoMM2
Goodin, Tommie L., F3
Green, Junior L., F3
Harasimowicz, Anthony, CEM
Howard, Holly J., MoMM2
Hugyo, Nicholas A., MoMM1
Jaworski, Philip J., GM2
Johnston, Clidie N., MoMM2
Klink, Lyle N., MoMM2
Miller, Arthur L., CMoMM
Mitchell, Herman M., StM2
Morris, William I, TM3
Moss, Clarence E., GM1
Nash, Benjamin M., ENS
Parr, Thomas S., Jr.,SM2
Queen, F.K., LT(JG)
Queen, Billy M., SC2
Quinn, Robert G., LT (Executive Officer)
Rauch, Eugene M., EM3
Rodgers, Russell G., MoMM2
Rodin, Lloyd J., S2
Rosenberg, Harry, RM3
Rubits, John V., MoMM2
Sloan, James H., Jr., F1
Smith, Arthur E., TM3
Smith, Charles W., EM1
Smith, George F., CSM
Stephens, John R., RM1
Stephenson, James T., Jr., LT(JG)
Stromsoe, Harold A., CTM
Thompson, Dale R., MoMM2
Turner, Frank A., Jr., QM3
Velebny, Joe A., TM1
Warburton, Robert L., S1
Wester, George S., S1
Whitemore, William F., RM3 (survivor)
Wood, John C., F1
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