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Francis Asbury

Ship Designation: 
Date Lost: 
Sunday, December 3, 1944
Mine Explosion
SS Francis Asbury struck a mine while approaching the Schelde River along the coast of Belgium. The explosion was so powerful the ship ws nearly blown in half.

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 17

Name Service Branchsort ascending
Sea 1c William Flood USN
Sea 1c Arthur Durocher USN
Sea 1c Rudolph Toko USN
Sea 1c John Sell USN
SM 3c George Watt USN
Sea 1c Gustave Wilde USN
Sea 1c Joseph Abbatello USN
Chief Cook Rupert Church USMM
F/W Raymond Cleary USMM
Cook William Mallard USMM
Wiper Henry Pickell USMM
2nd Engineer Smithman Richardson USMM
Oiler Archie Tomlinson USMM
Chief Steward Mortimer Harrison USMM
Messman William Anderson USMM
2nd Mate Earle Appleton USMM
Chief Engineer Robert Justice USMM
A Carless Word A Needless Sinking