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The United States Navy Memorial

Navy Memorial Honoring the Men & Women of the Sea Services



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