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Thomas Philip Loughlin

Death 11 Feb 1942 (aged 31)
At Sea
Burial Manila, Metro Manila, National Capital Region, Philippines
Plot Tablets Of The Missing
Memorial ID 169948986 · View Source
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Having actually gone "Missing" on the above date ( based on the best military records ), he was not officially declared by the military as being dead until February 16, 1943.

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Son of William J. Loughlin who resided in Hartford, Connecticut.

Thomas served as a Torpedoman's Mate Second Class, U.S.S. Shark (SS-174), U.S. Navy during World War II.

He resided in Hartford County, Connecticut prior to the war.

The U.S.S. Shark, on February 8, 1942, was told to proceed to Makassar Strait and later was told to report information. Nothing was heard from the Shark and on March 7, 1942 the Shark was reported as presumed lost, the victim of unknown causes.

On February 11, 1942 the Japanese destroyer Yamakaze reported that she opened fire with her 5 in (130 mm) guns and sank a surfaced submarine in the area where the Shark was assigned to be located.

The Shark was the first American submarine lost to enemy anti-submarine warfare during World War II.

Thomas was declared "Missing In Action" while on the Shark during the war.

He was awarded the Purple Heart.

Service # 2071049

Bio by:
Russell S. "Russ" Pickett

Special thanks to:
Janice Hollandsworth for finding that this record was not recorded at Manila!







  • Created by: Russ Pickett
  • Added: 15 Sep 2016
  • Find A Grave Memorial 169948986
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Thomas Philip Loughlin (5 Feb 1911–11 Feb 1942), Find A Grave Memorial no. 169948986, citing Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Manila, Metro Manila, National Capital Region, Philippines ; Maintained by Russ Pickett (contributor 46575736) .