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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
Galleyman Miguel Lopes USMM
Cook Antonio Lopes USMM
O.S. Diamantino Lopes USMM
Waiter Ramon Lopez USMM
MOMM 2c George Macdonald USN
Oiler Roy Macpherson USMM
RM 3c Joseph Mangafreda USN
Steward Arturo Marin USMM
Utility Catalino Matias USMM
Utility John Maxwell USMM
RM 2c James Mcclain USN
Sea 2c William Mcdonnal USN
Storekeeper Willie Mceachron USMM
Radio Officer William Mcgill USMM
Waiter Neil Mcteague USMM
Butcher Robert Mearns USMM
Utility Antonio Medina USMM
Waiter Charles Merritt USMM
A.B. John Mills USMM
Utility Alejandro Monge USMM


Various Sources