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Ship Designation: 
Date Lost: 
Wednesday, November 29, 1944
Air Attack in Leyte Gulf
Arriving in Leyte Gulf on November 25, Aulick joined TG 77.2. On the 29th, while on antisubmarine patrol in the east entrance to Leyte Gulf, Aulick was attacked at 1750 by six Japanese planes. ... One peeled off end dived toward the destroyer, dropped a bomb close aboard, then exploded on hitting the water approximately 20 yards off the destroyer's port bow. Another aircraft approached and struck the starboard side of the bridge with its wingtip, continued forward and downward, and exploded near the bow Just above the main deck. The explosion set the number 2 gun and handling room on fire. ... Metal fragments killed several men on the bridge and flying bridge. Altogether a total of 31 men were killed, 64 were wounded, and 1 was missing.

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 31

Namesort descending Service Branch
Sea 2c Jack Norton USN
Sea 1c John Pacheco USN
Sea 1c LeRoy Sample USN
Y 1c Roger Scamman USN
Sea 1c Jackie Stonecipher USN
RM 2c Charles Thornton USN
Sea 1c Raymond Vinke USN
Sea 2c Robert Weisler USN
Sea 1c Harley Wilhelm USN
Sea 2c Richard Wilk USN
Sea 1c Charles Wirth USN


Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships