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The United States Navy Memorial

Navy Memorial Honoring the Men & Women of the Sea Services



Thursday, March 19, 1942
Friendly Fire incident near Norfolk
On March 19, while returning to Norfolk Dickerson sighted an unidentified ship which fired on the destroyer and badly damaged the charthouse. ... Four of Dickerson's crew were killed, including her commanding officer. The attacking ship was identified as a nervous merchantman, SS Liberator. ... Dickerson was able to proceed under her own power to Norfolk for repairs to the damage incurred by the merchant ship’s gunfire.

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 4

Name Service Branchsort descending
LCdr John Reybold USN
Sea 2c Elmer Kollar USN
SM 3c George Kennedy USN
CBM Charles Mcmillen USN