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Navy Memorial Honoring the Men & Women of the Sea Services


El Lago

Ship Designation: 
Date Lost: 
Sunday, October 11, 1942
U-Boat Attack in North Atlantic
El Lago was torpedoed by U-615 and U-607 while en route From Reykjavik, Iceland to New York. The ship had slowed due to a storm with heavy seas and hurricane winds. The torpedoes struck amidships splitting El Lago and sinking both sections in less than a minute. The Master and 1st Engineer of El Lago were taken prisoner, the rest of the crew were left to the elements. No survivors were ever found.

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 24

Namesort ascending Service Branch
A.B. Gudmund Vag USMM
Sea 1c Walford Tuten USN
A.B. Reidar Thorsen USMM
Ens James Schaffer USN
Sea 2c Joseph Sapienza USN
Wiper Harold Prescod USMM
O.S. Oswaldo Peterson USMM
Sea 2c Casimer Pantol USN
2nd Mate Anker Oresland USMM
O.S. Frank O'neil USMM
Oiler Earl Manion USMM
A.B. Asbjørn Koppen USMM
Sea 1c Emil Koenig USN
Cook Richard Hill USMM
O.S. Hans Hansen USMM
Sea 2c John Gregory USN
Sea 2c George Graham USN
Sea 2c Robert Ghann USN
Sea 2c James Fisher USN
Sea 2c Howard Faulkner USN


A Careless Word, A Needless Sinking