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The United States Navy Memorial

Navy Memorial Honoring the Men & Women of the Sea Services



Ship Designation: 
Date Lost: 
Saturday, November 28, 1942
U-Boat Attack near Brazil

The Freighter SS Alaskan was torpedoed and shelled by U-172 while en route to Dutch Guiana. The ship was struck by two torpedoes and although severely damaged, the ship did not sink. After Alaskan was abandoned, the U-Boat shelled the ship. Within an hour of being torpedoed Alaskan listed to port and sank bow first.

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 6

Namesort descending Service Branch
Steward Ambrose Bulsa USMM
Utility Fred Herrling USMM
Oiler Roy Johnson USMM
F/W Thomas Stephenson USMM
Chief Engineer George Trahan USMM
3rd Mate James Woodward USMM
A Careless Word A Needless Sinking