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Alexander Hamilton

Ship Designation: 
Date Lost: 
Thursday, January 29, 1942
U-Boat Attack off Iceland

On January 29, 1942, without warning, one torpedo of a four-torpedo spread from U-132 slammed into Alexander Hamilton's starboard side, directly abeam of the stack. The blast destroyed three of the ship's seven boats. The interior of the ship was plunged into darkness-no heat, steam nor electricity remained. ... Alexander Hamilton settled low in the water. Comdr. Arthur G. Hall, USCG, ordered abandon ship with the ship powerless and in imminent danger of being torpedoed a second time. ... Eight officers and 75 enlisted men went over the side into the four remaining boats, USS Gwin came alongside later to take off the last of the cutter's crew. Throughout the night, Restive, Frisky, and the Coast Guard tug Redwing attempted to salvage the ship, but without success. ... Twenty-six men were killed instantly, six died later of the injuries sustained in the torpedoing. Ten more injured men required hospitalization.

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 25

Namesort descending Service Branch
F 3c Julian Booth USCG
WT 2c Livingston Brooks USCG
Sea 1c John Capporelli USCG
WT 1c James Costigan USCG
Y 3c Cecil Covington USCG
MM 1c Bruce Davis USCG
AS Joseph Emanuelli USCG
Sea 1c Charles Fletcher USCG
SM 3c George Holl USCG
AS Nicholas Holubec USCG
F 3c Joseph Kment USCG
Sea 2c Robert Learner USCG
CMM Otto Liebra USCG
F 1c Clifford Lindsay USCG
F 1c Clarence Little USCG
WT 2c James Mcgrane USCG
F 3c John Mckinney USCG
AS Edwood Musselwhite USCG
CMM George Reynolds USCG
MM 2c Ennis Roberts USCG


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