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Navy Memorial Honoring the Men & Women of the Sea Services



Ship Designation: 
Date Lost: 
Saturday, June 6, 1942
Torpedoed en route to Jamaica
The Castilla, was torpedoed by the German U-167 at 2110 CWT on June 6, 1942 while en route from Mobile to Kingston, Jamaica with a cargo of flour. One torpedo struck on the port side just forward of #3 hatch. An uncontrollable fire broke out 5' to 6' below the water line in #3 hatch. The ship settled by the head at once with a list to port and then settled by the stern and sank with the bow straight up. She sank so quickly there was no time to launch the lifeboats, only time to release 4 rafts. On board was a complement of 59 men consisting of 50 crew members, 7 U.S. Naval Armed Guard, and two passengers. A total of 22 crew and 2 Navy gunners were lost. Twenty-three of those lost went down with the ship. One man died in a lifeboat and was buried at sea. The 35 survivors were picked up by the USCG NIKE (WPC112).

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 21

Namesort descending Service Branch
Oiler Diaz Baltazar USMM
1st Engineer Edward Benford USMM
Radio Officer Harold Bruckland USMM
Sea 2c Furman Cooper USN
Storekeeper Ricardo Delgado USMM
Sea 2c Richard Deweese USN
O.S. Juan Funez USMM
Oiler Alfredo Guzman USMM
A.B. Ely Jackson USMM
2nd Engineer John Kennedy USMM
Master Davis Kerr USMM
Jr. 3rd Engineer Adam Krasnicki USMM
O.S. Adin Navarro USMM
Steward Margoiot Oliva USMM
Bosun Harry Pereira USMM
2nd Mate Palmer Powls USMM
Steward Esteban Ramirez USMM
Chief Steward John Scholfield USMM
A.B. Antonio Vallenzuela USMM
F/W Roberto Videau USMM


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