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The United States Navy Memorial

Navy Memorial Honoring the Men & Women of the Sea Services



Ship Designation: 
Date Lost: 
Sunday, October 4, 1942
U-Boat Attack off Venezuela
On October 4, Caribstar was struck by two torpedoes from U-175 near the mouth of the Orinoco River, Venezuela. The first torpedo exploded in the boiler room which damaged steam lines causing crewmembers to be scalded and burned. The second torpedo probably exploded the ship's magazine. Caribstar sank within three hours

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 6

Namesort descending Service Branch
1st Engineer Valentine Bullig USMM
F/W Nick Dalin USMM
2nd Engineer John Kilpatrick USMM
Radio Officer John Suchan USMM
Chief Cook Giacinto Temperino USMM
Oiler Frank Welder USMM
A Careless Word, A Needless Sinking