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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

Name Service Branchsort descending
EM 2c Thomas Couris USN
SM 1c William Smith USN
Sea 1c Francis Letort USN
Sea 1c Joseph Henry USN
Sea 2c Caleb Cresson USN
EM 2c George Schlicting USN
WT 1c William Lodik USN
Sea 1c John Henshaw USN
Sea 2c Charles Ojserkis USN
MM 2c Eli Sheldon USN
AS Hubert Lynch USN
Sea 2c Francis Holland USN
Ens William Bunker USN
Matt 3c Thomas Posey USN
F 3c Garard Trent USN
AS Pasquale Martino USN
F 2c Thomas Diamos USN
Sea 2c John Apgar USN
Sea 2c Howard Potts USN
F 2c William Thomas USN


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