U-Boat Attack north of Bethel Shoals
The Tanker Cites Service Empire was torpedoed by U-128 about 25 miles north of Bethel Shoals while enroute from Port Arthur, TX to Philadelphia PA. The ship was struck on the starboard side by two torpedoes. Within seconds the whole ship was in flames. Shortly after that, the ship broke in two and sank. ... Survivors who had abandoned ship from life rafts were rescued by USS Biddle ( DD-151 ). ... Two other men were rescued by USCG Vigilant in an heroic effort by nosing the ship next to the tanker.