|On Eternal Patrol - Site News|
This site first went online in March of 2005.
Since April 7, 2009, all men who are known to have been lost while in service in the US Submarine Force from the year 1900 to the present have personal memorial pages on this site.
As of December 28, 2011, more than two-thirds of the submariners lost in World War II have photos on their pages, while over a third of the pre-WWII men and over 82% of the post-WWII men have photos on their pages.
As of January 13, 2012, all Marine Raiders carried on the submarines USS Argonaut and USS Nautilus, and who were lost on Makin Island, have personal memorial pages with photos on this site. See the USS Argonaut page for their listing.
Added a page recognizing our researchers on February 7, 2012.
On July 28, 2012, placed photos of and information on the two Brazilian Naval Officers lost on USS R-12 on their pages, thanks to work done by researcher Mary Mihovich.
As of August 9, 2012, 90% of the men lost in World War II have birth dates listed on their pages.
As of December 17, 2012, more than three-quarters of the submariners lost in World War II have photos on their pages, while over 37% of the pre-WWII men and over 83% of the post-WWII men have photos on their pages.
As of November 25, 2013, all lost WWII U.S. submariners have birth dates on their personal memorial pages. However, for 12 of the 17 U.S. Army personnel lost on USS Seawolf, we do not yet have birth dates. Information in the National Archives for these men is sparce, with many records having been destroyed in a fire.
On July 30, 2014, completed pages on short histories of each of the Submarines Lost in World War II.
On October 28, 2014, a Lost Boats State Assignments page was added to the site.
On November 21, 2014, we completed a man-by-man comparison of our lost submariner listings with the data shown on the former Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) website. [Note that DPMO, select functions of the Air Force Life Sciences Equipment Laboratory (LSEL), and the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC) merged into the newly established Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA).] Other than disagreements in the spelling of names for two men (out of more than 3,500), no discrepancies were found.
As of November 22, 2014, more than 3,000 lost World War II submariners have photos on their personal memorial pages.
On April 21, 2015, Submariners of World War II who died as Prisoners of War was added to the site.
On July 14, 2015, Submarine Losses - Chronological was added to the site.
On July 22, 2015, a seperate page detailing the Discrepancies in Submarine Losses found on the NHHC website was added to the site.
As of October 27, 2015, more than half of the men lost in submarines prior to World War II have photos on their personal memorial pages.
On June 3, 2016, created Facebook page for On Eternal Patrol (https://www.facebook.com/OnEternalPatrol/).
In October 2016, we conducted research at the National Personnel Records Center, National Archives, St. Louis. As a result of this research, we were able to fill in information (mainly birth dates and birth places) for 90 pre-WWII lost submariners and five post-WWII men. Photos of four of the five post-WWII were found in their files, and one photo of a pre-WWII man was found.
As of February 2, 2017, the United States Submarine Losses section of the NHHC website is entirely consistant with the listing of lost submariners of World War II on this website. We sent them listings of suggested changes on January 4th and 5th, and the updates were made to their site on January 30 through February 2. See the updated Discrepancies in Submarine Losses found on the NHHC website page.
On March 23, 2017, a seperate page detailing the Discrepancies in Numbers of Lost Submariners Found on the DPAA Website was added to the site.
As of August 7, 2018, 90% (3,267 of 3,630) of lost World War II submariners have photos on their personal memorial pages.
On January 7, 2019, Roy W. Wilfon, M/Sgt, USAAF, was added to the list of men lost with USS Grayling (SS-209). Information was provided by Bob Maves at DPAA, and Marcy Wilfon, grandniece.
As of January 23, 2019, two-thirds of all known lost Pre-WWII submariners have photos on their personal memorial pages.
On April 15, 2019, a seperate page detailing the Discrepancies in Medals Awarded to Lost Submariners as Listed on the ABMC Website was added to the site.
On May 21, 2019, a seperate page detailing the Discrepancies in Numbers of Lost Submariners Found on WRECKsite was added to the site.
As of December 31, 2019, 4,001 men have photos on their personal memorial pages on this site.
In December 2020 we added nearly 200 men to Post-WWII losses using the National Archives - Defense Casualty Analysis System (DCAS) Public Use File, 1950-2005, 6/28/1950 - 5/28/2006 and 1/1/2006 - 12/31/2006. Most of these men were lost in automobile or motorcycle accidents, in swimming or diving accidents, or by suicide.
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
Corrections, additions, and comments are welcome.
Comments should be directed to the creator and manager of this website:
Charles R. Hinman