DAVID ZABRISKIE, JR., LCDR, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

David Zabriskie, Jr. '36

Date of birth: August 30, 1912

Date of death: June 1, 1944

Age: 31

Lucky Bag

From the 1936 Lucky Bag:

Loss

David was lost when USS Herring (SS 233) was sunk by a Japanese shore battery on June 1, 1944. He was commanding officer of the boat.

His wife was listed as next of kin. His daughter was born in 1939 but died when she was 3.

Career

From Fleet Organization:

  • Communications Officer USS Peary (DD-226) 1 Jul 1939 - 1 Nov 1940
  • Duty USS Tautog (SS-199) 23 Apr 1942 - 1943
  • Executive Officer USS Tautog (SS-199) 31 Mar 1943 - 1 Oct 1943
  • Captain USS Herring (SS-233) 6 Feb 1944 - 1 Jun 1944
  • Ensign 4 Jun 1936
  • Lieutenant (j.g.) 4 Jun 1939
  • Lieutenant (T) 1 Jan 1942
  • Lieutenant 30 Jun 1942
  • Lieutenant Commander (T) 1 May 1943

Silver Star

From Hall of Valor:

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Lieutenant Commander David Zabriskie, Jr. (NSN: 0-77048), United States Navy, for gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy during SIX consecutive War Patrols of a United States Submarine during World War II, in which seventeen enemy vessels have been sunk or damaged. His courage and skill have, during these patrols, contributed greatly to the success of the ship in each attack made on the enemy. During these six patrols he performed duties as Navigator, Diving Officer, Assistant Approach Officer, and Officer-of-the-Deck. In all of these assignments his courage and ability were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

General Orders: Commander in Chief Pacific: Serial 41
Action Date: World War II
Service: Navy
Rank: Lieutenant Commander
Company: Navigator
Division: United States Submarine

From Hall of Valor:

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting a Gold Star in lieu of a Second Award of the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Lieutenant Commander David Zabriskie, Jr. (NSN: 0-77048), United States Navy, for gallantry and intrepidity in action in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. HERRING (SS-233) during the EIGHTH War Patrol of that Submarine in enemy waters from 16 May to 1 June 1944. Pursuing highly aggressive and tenacious tactics, despite extremely strong enemy countermeasures, he daringly penetrated escort screens to successfully launch well planned torpedo attacks against enemy ships. These highly successful attacks resulted in the sinking of a KAMIKAZE Class destroyer of 1,200 tons and a ISHIGAKI Class destroyer escort of 500 tons before overwhelming enemy counterattacks damaged his submarine so severely that she was unable to return to port. His conduct and courageous actions were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

General Orders: Commander in Chief Pacific: Serial 07500 (December 12, 1944)
Action Date: May 16 - June 1, 1944
Service: Navy
Rank: Lieutenant Commander
Company: Commanding Officer
Division: U.S.S. Herring (SS-233)

Final Patrol of USS Herring

From UBoat.net:

16 May 1944
USS Herring (Lt.Cdr. D. Zabriskie, Jr.) departed from Pearl Harbor for her 8th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol of the Kuril Islands.

21 May 1944
USS Herring (Lt.Cdr. D. Zabriskie, Jr.) topped up with fuel at Midway.

31 May 1944 (position 48.00, 153.00)
USS Herring (Lt.Cdr. D. Zabriskie, Jr.) and USS Barb rendezvous in Sea of Okhotsk some 150 miles west of Matsuwa Island, Kurils, to plan operations against Japanese shipping in the vicinity.

Later that day Herring attacked a convoy sinking the Japanese frigate Ishigaki (860 tons, offsite link) and the Japanese army cargo ship Hokuyo Maru (1590 GRT) west of Matsuwa Island in position 48°00'N, 153°00'E.

1 Jun 1944 (position 48.00, 153.00)
USS Herring (Lt.Cdr. D. Zabriskie, Jr.) torpedoed and sank the Japanese troop transport Iwaki Maru (3124 GRT) and the Japanese merchant cargo ship Hiburi Maru (4366 GRT) off Matsuwa Island in position 48°00'N, 153°00'E. Unfortunately Herring is sunk by a Japanese shore battery after this attack.


Class of 1936

David is one of 39 members of the Class of 1936 in Memorial Hall.