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Ship Designation: 
Date Lost: 
Sunday, January 10, 1943
Engagement south of Bougainville
On January 10, 1943 Argonaut spotted a convoy of five freighters and their destroyer escorts. An Army aircraft was by chance flying overhead and witnessed A rgonaut's attack. Argonaut hit at least one of the destroyers with her torpedoes, and they promptly counterattacked. A crew member on board the plane saw Argonaut's bow suddenly break the water at an unusual angle. It was apparent that a depth charge had severely damaged the submarine The destroyers continued circling Argonaut and pumping shells into her. She slipped below the waves and was never heard from again. ... One hundred and five officers and men went down with the submarine.

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 105

Namesort ascending Service Branch
SC 3c Edward Zintz USN
MM 3c Robert Wylie USN
GM 1c William Winsor USN
TM 3c Roy Williams USN
CY H. Widener USN
TM 1c Clifford White USN
Sea 1c Thomas White USN
MM 3c William Wehner USN
MOMM 2c Earle Wagner USN
MOMM 1c William Vierling USN
GM 1c Julius Vesmas USN
Sea 1c Henry Tinling USN
OC 2c Willie Thomas USN
GM 2c Jason Stanley USN
MOMM 2c John Spaeth USN
CBM Thomas Smith USN
Lt Forest Simoneau USN
MOMM 1c Elwin Sigler USN
Y 2c David Sheeks USN
MOMM 2c Hugo Serafini USN


Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships