Today I’m remembering my husband’s first cousin once removed, Radioman Third Class Marvin Ray McMillan, who was lost at sea on submarine service on 4 July 1944.
Marvin was born in Rolla, Morton County, Kansas, in 26 Mar 1922, the fourth of five children of Lee Roy Jonathan Vincent McMillan and Lena Saul McMillan. He joined the Navy and on 30 June 1944, he was aboard the USS S-28 (SS-133), a submarine of the S-class.
On 3 July 1944, [S-28] began training operations off Oahu with the United States Coast Guard cutter Reliance. The anti-submarine warfare exercises continued into the evening of 4 July. At 17:30, the day’s concluding exercise began. Contact between the two became sporadic and, at 18:20, the last, brief contact with S-28 was made and lost. All attempts to establish communications failed.
Assistance arrived from Pearl Harbor, but a thorough search of the area failed to locate the submarine. Two days later, a slick of diesel fuel appeared in the area where she had been operating, but the extreme depth exceeded the range of available equipment. A Court of Inquiry was unable to determine the cause of the loss of S-28.
Marvin’s family placed a marker in the family cemetery, which we found on our marathon road trip last spring, which is when we first learned of Marvin’s service and loss. He is remembered.