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Jacob Jones

Thursday, December 6, 1917
U-Boat Attack near Isles of Scilly
On December 6, 1917, while en route from Brest, France, to Queenstown, USS Jacob Jones was torpedoed by the German submarine U-53. ... U-53's torpedo hit Jacob Jones starboard fuel oil tank at 1621 hours. Despite best efforts from the crew, as her stern sank, her depth charges went off. Eight minutes later the order to abandon was made by Commander Bagley. ... Her survivors were rescued by British ships after the German submarine's Commanding Officer reported their location by radio. ... Jacob Jones was the first US Destroyer lost during the First World War.

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 65

Namesort descending Service Branch
Gunners Mate 2nd Henry Andersen USN
Fireman 2nd clas James Barannigan USN
seaman 2nd clas John Bielatowicz USN
Chief Water Tend John Brammall USN
Fireman 2nd clas James Brannigan USN
Seaman 2nd class George Bryan USN
Fireman 2nd clas John Butler USN
Seaman 2nd class Frank Chappie USN
Chief Water Tend John Cooney USN
Seaman 2nd class Maurice Costigan USN
Gunner's mate 1s James Cross USN
Seaman 2nd James Cummings USN
Gunner's mate 2n Edward Dismuke USN
Water Tender George Dolezal USN
Boiler Maker William Donovan USN
Quartermaster 3r Carl Ebisch USN
Machinist Mate 2 Henry Favreau USN
Seaman 2nd Reginald Fisher USN
Gunners mate 2nd James Fitzgerald USN
Machinist Mate 1 John Flaherty USN

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