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Argonaut

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

Name Service Branchsort descending
Lt(jg) Blaine Miltner USN
CY H. Widener USN
MOMM 2c John Bodak USN
OC 2c Willie Thomas USN
MOMM 1c Elwin Sigler USN
MOMM 2c Dario Facchini USN
TM 3c Frank Koller USN
RM 3c Kenneth Legler USN
Sea 1c Thomas White USN
MM 3c Frank Bowers USN
MOMM 2c John Spaeth USN
Lt Forest Simoneau USN
Lt John Everett USN
Ens George Kocis USN
CRM Lawrence Leland USN
Lt Gordon Bowker USN
GM 2c Jason Stanley USN
CBM Thomas Smith USN
Sea 2c John Ferentz USN
QM 3c Arthur Knapp USN

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