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Ship Designation: 
Date Lost: 
Monday, December 18, 1944
Lost in Typhoon
At 1149 December 18 Admiral Halsey directed Commander Task Force 38 to take most comfortable courses with wind on port quarter. Seven minutes later Admiral McCain directed TF 38 to steer course 120. ... Both were sound decisions; the storm center was then about 37 miles due north, and this southeasterly course took the Fleet away from it. But by that time the ships were strung out over some 2500 square miles of ocean and it was too late for some to escape. ... The typhoon reached its greatest violence between 1100 and 1400 December 18, depending on the position of the vessel concerned. At 1345 Admiral Halsey issued a typhoon warning, to alert Fleet Weather Central to what was going on. This was the first reference to the storm as a typhoon in any official message. ...Unknown to Commander Third Fleet, three of his destroyers, USS Hull (DD-350), USS Spence (DD-512) and USS Monaghan (DD-354) had already gone down.

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 718

Namesort descending Service Branch
RDM 3c Manuel Abreu USN
RM 3c John Ackerman USN
Sea 2c Vern Adams USN
Sea 2c William Adams USN
RT 1c Malcolm Adams USN
F 2c Victor Adler USN
F 1c James Akers USN
TM 3c Earl Alarie USN
Sea 2c Harold Albrecht USNR
Sea 2c Joseph Alessi USN
Sea 2c George Alexander USN
GM 2c Scott Alexander USN
Sea 2c Fred Allen USN
F 1c Edgar Allen USN
Sea 1c George Alley USN
CBM Hugh Amis USN
MM 2c Carl Anastoff USN
MOMM 1c James Anderson USN
Sea 2c James Anderson USN
Sea 2c Harold Anderson USN


History of US Naval Operations in World War II