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Navy Memorial Honoring the Men & Women of the Sea Services



Ship Designation: 
Date Lost: 
Wednesday, November 11, 1942
U-Boat Attack near Casablanca
As she lay anchored by Witidoakl off Fedala in the evening of November 11, 1942, Hambleton was struck amidships on the port side by a U-boat torpedo. ... With all power gone, the destroyer took a 12 degree list to starboard as her damage control parties worked swiftly to jettison topside weights and shore up weakened bulkheads. The crippled ship was towed to Casablanca for temporary repairs. Seabees there cut the ship in two, removed a 40-foot section of her damaged hull, then Joined the two remaining halves together. Escorted by a tug, Hambleton reached Boston on June 28 for permanent repairs.

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 18

Namesort descending Service Branch
EM 3c Henry Doherty USN
TM 2c James Emmerson USN
Sea 2c Harold Esty USN
MM 2c Bernard Hatfield USN
EM 3c Clifford Hays USN
F 3c Stephen Hovan USN
F 1c Hermon Joseph USN
F 2c Edward Kreil USN
F 2c Lonnie Lane USN
CMOMM Frank Marcinczyk USN
Sea 2c Frank Mccoy USN
MM 2c Ralph Praster USN
F 2c William Rice USN
F 3c Jerrold Shorey USN
F 1c James Smith USN
F 1c Donald Stephens USN
WT 2c Jack Terry USN
MM 1c Travis Vance USN
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships