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Cities Service Empire

Ship Designation: 
Date Lost: 
Sunday, February 22, 1942
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.

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 14

Namesort descending Service Branch
AS Clarence Bosom USN
A.B. August Brun USMM
O.S. Louis Duby USMM
Sea 2c John Gowen USN
F/W James Graner USMM
Master William Jerman USMM
Bosun Antonio Lorenzo USMM
Deck Maint. Olva Madson USMM
A.B. Andrew Rasmussen USMM
A.B. Hasker Reeder USMM
A.B. James Reeves USMM
Deck Maint. Monroe Reynolds USMM
Messman Francisco Rios USMM
Cox Harold Walker USN
A Careless Word A Needless Sinking