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The United States Navy Memorial

Navy Memorial Honoring the Men & Women of the Sea Services



Thursday, October 7, 1943
Gasoline Explosion

Between September 5 and November 24 1943, Concord carried Rear Admiral R. E. Byrd on a tour to survey the potential use of a number of southeast Pacific islands in national defense and commercial aviation. During this cruise, she suffered a gasoline explosion which killed 24 men, including her executive officer, and caused considerable damage, which was repaired at Balboa.

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 24

Name Service Branchsort ascending
Sea 1c Kenneth Reed USNR
Sea 2c William Maher USNR
Sea 2c Calvin Warrick USNR
EM 1c George Bartlett USN
MM 2c John Bryan USN
WT 2c Bernard Yeager USN
SF 3c Donald Hines USN
Sea 1c Frank Sauer USN
Sea 1c Martin Rodriguez USN
F 3c Dale Burlile USN
CDR Rogers Elliott USN
Sea 2c Salvatore Loiacono USN
CY Robert Dewhurst USN
CCM Eldridge Boyette USN
Sea 2c Marvin Pierce USN
CMM Charles Wright USN
CGM James Loftis USN
CGM Junius Perkins USN
CEM Ray Henderson USN
CBM Harley Ferguson USN