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Ship Designation: 
Date Lost: 
Wednesday, February 14, 1945
Battery Fire at Los Cochinos Point
Fletcher began 4 days of operations in the occupation of Bataan and Corregidor February 13, firing a preliminary bombardment, giving fire support on call, and covering minesweepers opening Manila Bay. ... On February 14, while firing on Japanese batteries at Los Cochinos Point, Fletcher took a hit which killed eight and wounded three of her men. ... She continued to fire as she controlled damage, and a half-hour later added rescue operations to her activities as she took the survivors off YMS-48, also hit by Japanese fire. Fletcher's firing in Manila Bay continued until the 17th.

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 6

Namesort descending Service Branch
WT 1c Elmer Bigelow USN
Sea 2c Robert Grafton USN
Sea 2c Clarence Roach USN
Sea 2c Johnny Smith USN
GM 1c Frank Wilhelm USN
MM 2c George Winnie USN
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships