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Manley

Tuesday, March 19, 1918
Depth Charge Explosion
On the morning of March 19, 1918, while Manley escorted a convoy, a violent explosion, caused by the accidental detonation of her depth charges practically destroyed her stern, killing her executive officer, Lt. Comdr. Richard M. Elliott, Jr., and 88 enlisted men. ... Fragments pierced two 50-gallon drums of gasoline and two tanks containing 100 gallons of alcohol. The leaking fluids caught fire as they ran along the deck and enveloped the ship in flames which were not extinguished until late that night. ... Then HMS Tamarack edged up to the shattered destroyer and unsuccessfully tried to put a tow line on board. Manley remained adrift until British tugs BIazer and Cartmel took her in tow after daylight March 20. She reached Queenstown at dusk the following day with more than 70 feet of her hull awash or completely under water.

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 17

Namesort descending Service Branch
Water Tender Richard Burke USN
Boatswain's Mate Louis Cohen USN
Ensign Richard Elliot USN
Seaman Allen Fleming USN
Seaman Cecil Hall USN
Electrician 1st George Hartman USN
Fireman 1st Lester Hartman USN
Coxswain Albert Herdman USN
Carpenter's mate John Holmes USN
Fireman 2nd Elmer Ishum USN
Oiler Albert Johnson USN
Seaman 2nd Julius Jones USN
Machinist Mate 1 Charles Klahre USN
Chief Machinist Martin Kurdt USN
Machinist Mate 2 Henry Lobmeyer USN
Fireman 1st John Lowder USN
Fireman 2nd Joseph Malewitz USN