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The United States Navy Memorial

Navy Memorial Honoring the Men & Women of the Sea Services



Ship Designation: 
Date Lost: 
Wednesday, February 3, 1943
U-Boat Attack off coast of Greenland
The Transport Ship Dorchester was torpedoed by U-223 while en convoy from New Foundland to Greenland. The torpedo struck the starboard side of the ship, opening a hole in the hull which flooded the engine room. The engines were destroyed as were two life boats. ... Orders to abandon ship were issued within three minutes. Dorchester sank within twenty five minutes. ... Two hundred and thirty survivors were later picked up by CGC Escanaba and CGC Comanche who continued their search into the darkness. ... Four U.S. Army chaplains, Father John Washington (Catholic), Reverend Clark Poling (Dutch Reformed), Rabbi Alexander Goode (Jewish) and Rev. George Fox (Methodist) were among the first on deck, handing out life jackets and assisting as they could. They were last seen by witnesses standing arm-in-arm on the hull of the ship. ... Six hundred and seventy-five were lost, making it the third largest US loss at sea of its kind during the war

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 128

Namesort descending Service Branch
O.S. Emmette Day USMM
Galleyman Jerry De Rosa USMM
Waiter Santiago Del Llano USMM
Porter Nathan Dembofsky USMM
Waiter William Dembofsky USMM
Messman Anthony Diaz USMM
SM 2c Thomas Digiantommaso USN
Utility George Duffy USMM
F/W Arnold England USMM
Sea 1c Don Estes USN
Utility Enrique Figueroa USMM
Waiter Morris Fishman USMM
Galleyman Mariano Flores USMM
Waiter Luis Florez USMM
Quartermaster Cruz Gamboa USMM
OC 3c Victoriano Garrido USN
Engine Cadet Edward Gavin USMM
AeroM 1c Elliott Gifford USN
Oiler Frank Griesmann USMM
Utility Antonio Guissa USMM


Various Sources