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The United States Navy Memorial

Navy Memorial Honoring the Men & Women of the Sea Services



Ship Designation: 
Date Lost: 
Saturday, May 2, 1942
Torpedo Attack off Carolina Coast
Engaged in patrol along the east coast, Cythera was hit by two torpedoes off North Carolina May 2,1942 and sank so quickly that only two of her crew survived. ... The men were picked up by the attacking German submarine [U-402] and taken back to Germany where they were interned until the end of the war. ... Sixty-eight men perished in the attack

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 68

Namesort ascending Service Branch
Lt Casper Zacharias USN
GM 3c William Wolchok USN
SK 2c Rush White USN
F 3c Garard Trent USN
F 2c William Thomas USN
OC 3c Charles Thomas USN
Cox Myron Sokolsky USN
SM 1c William Smith USN
MM 2c Eli Sheldon USN
EM 2c George Schlicting USN
OStd 2c Simon Salud USN
F 1c Carl Runkel USN
LCdr Thomas Rudderow USN
Sea 1c Warren Rogers USN
GM 2c Roland Ream USN
GM 3c Andrew Rabyk USN
Sea 2c Howard Potts USN
Matt 3c Thomas Posey USN
BM 1c Leroy Perry USN
Sea 2c Harold Peacock USN


Prepared by CAPT R.O. Strange USN (ret.)