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The United States Navy Memorial

Navy Memorial Honoring the Men & Women of the Sea Services



Ship Designation: 
Date Lost: 
Sunday, October 3, 1943
Submarine Attack
Henley, in company with Reid and Smith on an offensive sweep off Finschafen when two torpedoes were sighted heading for her. Split-second maneuvering permitted Henley to evade those two torpedoes - but a third was immediately sighted, closing too fast and too near to be avoided. Henley was struck on the port side, with the torpedo exploding in the number 1 fire room, destroying her boilers, breaking her keel, and displacing her bow about 30 degrees from the longitudinal axis of the ship. With all her crew having abandoned ship Henley went down, stern first. Her companion DD's searched for the sub, then returned to rescue Henley's survivors, who had lashed their life-rafts together and were using flashlights as signals. 243 of her crew were rescued, with 15 members of the crew missing and presumed killed.

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 17

Namesort descending Service Branch
WT 1c Thomas Austin USN
Sea 1c James Brown USN
SC 3c Robert Bruggensmith USN
MM 3c Russell Bryce USN
MM 3c Edmund Burke USN
WT 2c Walter Dick USN
F 1c Edward Drennan USN
MM 3c Bronislaus Dudek USN
B 1c Stephen Esterhazy USN
WT 1c Clyde Hampton USN
EM 1c Horace Johnson USN
FC 1c John Romans USN
WT 2c Walter Sayers USN
CCS Carl Scheufele USN
MM 3c Hartley Summerford USN
Lt Robert Ulrich USN
MM 2c Norman Zilm USN
Prepared by CAPT R.O. Strange USN (Ret.)