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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 descending Service Branch
SM 1c William Smith USN
Cox Myron Sokolsky USN
F 2c William Thomas USN
OC 3c Charles Thomas USN
F 3c Garard Trent USN
SK 2c Rush White USN
GM 3c William Wolchok USN
Lt Casper Zacharias USN


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