Memorial Day 2011: Marvin McMillan (1922-1944)


Dermot Cemetery, Hugoton, Kansas

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.

mcmillanmusterAccording to Wikipedia:

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.

About the Author:

Nancy Loe has an MA in American History and an MLS in Library Science and Archives. She has appeared on PBS’s American Experience, at Rootstech, SCGS Jamboree, and state and regional genealogy conferences. Her website was featured in Family Tree Magazine's “Social Media Mavericks: 40 to Follow.”


  1. Sassy Jane Genealogy 13 August 2011 at 9:15 PM - Reply

    Thank you, Jerry. I’ll add this information to our family tree.

  2. Anonymous 13 August 2011 at 8:00 PM - Reply

    The S-28 and its lost crew members are remembered every July by the US Submarine Veterans, Inc. (USSVI) Furthermore, the official memorial to the S-28 is located in Riverside Park, adjacent to the Battleship USS North Carolina (BB 55) in Wilmington, NC. It was dedicated by the NC Submarine Veterans in May 2007. See the following website for pictures:

    Jerry “Patch” Paciorek
    USSVI Tarheel Base

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