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Albert W.Grant

Wednesday, October 25, 1944
Shellfire in Surigao Strait
On 24 October, Albert W. Grant joined TG 77.2 and sailed to engage a Japanese task force reported steaming northward from the Sulu Sea toward Surigao Strait. That American battleship group met the Japanese force in the strait, and Albert W. Grant, alone with other destroyers in advance of the main battle line conducted a torpedo attack. During this attack, she was hit and severely damaged by gunfire. Albert W. Grant suffered 22 hits, many by six-inch shells. Fires broke out, and the ship lost steer- ing control and all power. Thirty-eight men were killed and 104 were wounded. Although their ship was down by the bow and listing heavily to port, the destroyer's crew got her engines working again and enabled her to retire to American-controlled waters in Leyte Gulf

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 37

Name Service Branchsort descending
MOMM 1c James Messer USN
F 1c Donald Rothe USN
CEM Wilson Davis USN
CMM Francis Ward USN
CWT Milford Ellis USN
CWT Donat Surpenant USN
Bkr 1c Kenton Kuebker USN
WT 3c Fred Springer USN
MM 2c John Weber USN
MM 2c James Stephenson USN
RM 3c Claudius Noel USN
MM 2c Floyd Ashmore USN
RM 2c Joseph Kusheloff USN
Sea 2c Daniel Cheek USN
EM 1c Robert Brannan USN
Sea 1c William Lee USN
MM 1c Clarence Leggett USN