The USS Perch (SS-176), a Porpoise-class submarine, made one successful war patrol and was
sunk by the Japanese on her second patrol. The entire crew was captured by a Japanese destroyer.
Of the fifty-four men and five officers, all but six — who died of malnutrition in Japanese
prisoner-of-war camps — were able to return to the United States after V-J Day. Below is the
complete dialog report of her first patrol and the transcript of the interview with her skipper of
the account of her sinking on the second patrol.
First War Patrol of the USS Perch
(December 11, 1941 - January 17, 1942)
Post-war interviews with Skipper D. A. Hurt and two other crewmembers.