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The United States Navy Memorial

Navy Memorial Honoring the Men & Women of the Sea Services



Ship Designation: 
Date Lost: 
Wednesday, December 9, 1942
U-Boat Attack near Bermuda

SS Coamo was topredoed by U-604 off of Bermuda while en route to New York. The ship was detached from the convoy she started in and was never heard from again. This was the greatest loss of a merchant crew of any US Flag merchant vessel during WWII

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 186

Name Service Branchsort ascending
Sea 2c Andrew Corrao USN
Cox Walter Davis USN
Sea 2c Louis Craven USN
Lt(jg) Eugene Dettlaff USN
Sea 2c George Crowder USN
Sea 2c Robert Foitag USN
Sea 2c Harold Crowder USN
Sea 2c Paul Fischer USN
Sea 1c William Arens USN
Sea 2c Philip Crowley USN
Sea 1c James Ette USN
Sea 2c John Barry USN
Sea 2c Joyce Curtis USN
GM 3c Byron Hess USN
Sea 2c Harry Benner USN
Sea 2c Donald Sprague USN
Sea 2c Roger Gabler USN
Sea 2c Fred Birzer USN
SM 3c George Thisby USN
Sea 2c William Gardner USN


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