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Esso Gettysburg

Ship Designation: 
Date Lost: 
Thursday, June 10, 1943
Torpedoed off Georgia Coast
On Thursday afternoon, June 10, 1943 the SS Esso Gettysburg, one of the first T-2 tankers, was ninety miles off the Georgia coast and bound for Philadelphia with crude oil. Just before 2 PM, the German U-66, sailing at periscope depth, fired two torpedoes, seconds apart. The first shattered two cargo tanks and the whole ship burst into flames. The second hit the engine room and left the Gettysburg dead in the water, down by the stern, and sinking rapidly. All the lifeboats were engulfed by fire. No one saw the sub before the two torpedoes, four seconds apart, set her afire and sank her. Flames prevented launching any boats those who survived jumped overboard, several without time to don life preservers.

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 43

Namesort descending Service Branch
Purser Frank Ahquai USMM
Messman Marvin Argust USMM
A.B. Edgar Blaisdell USMM
Sea 1c Orlando Bowen USN
Sea 1c Charles Boyaji USN
Cox John Brothers USN
Sea 1c John Brown USN
F/W William Bryant USMM
Oiler Edwart Bryson USMM
A.B. Chester Bulawa USMM
Sea 1c Harold Carnes USN
Engine Cadet John Carter USMM
Cook Albert Chalker USMM
Oiler Jack Corbin USMM
Messman Ivan Doughty USMM
3rd Engineer Daniel Dunn USMM
A.B. Kalle Eerola USMM
Messman Alfred Flanagan USMM
1st Engineer Tenant Fleming USMM
2nd Engineer Lloyd Fullerton USMM