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The United States Navy Memorial

Navy Memorial Honoring the Men & Women of the Sea Services



Ship Designation: 
Date Lost: 
Wednesday, October 7, 1942
U-Boat Attack near Capetown South Africa
Firethorn was torpedoed by U-172 while en route to Suez via Capetown with a cargo of tanks and general war supplies. Two torpedoes struck the ship sinking her in less than two minutes.

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 12

Namesort descending Service Branch
Sea 2c Roy Benoit USN
Chief Steward F. Frederiksen USMM
1st Engineer Asmus Hansen USMM
2nd Cook Pat Hung USMM
Oiler Cornelius Lagendyk USMM
Deck Cadet Robert Nauman USMM
Sea 1c Lee Nelms USN
Oiler Bernard Nolis USMM
Deck Cadet Louis Ravella USMM
Master Paul Schultz USMM
Chief Engineer Arnold Sorensen USMM
Messman Armando Tavares USMM
A Careless Word, A Needless Sinking