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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

Name Service Branchsort descending
Sea 2c Lewis Bair USN
B 1c Frank Cain USN
RDM 3c Ray Crater USN
CMM George Iler USN
RM 3c Dewey Loney USN
MM 2c Frank Frost USN
Sea 1c Menno Haak USN
MM 2c Frank Papcke USN
LCdr Robert Price USN
FC 3c Francis Sullivan USN
MM 1c Peter Tapovic USN
Sea 2c Wendell Eggen USN
MM 1c Alphonsus Weibel USN
Sea 1c Francis Luther USN
StM 1c Stacks Ravnell USN
GM 3c Lyman Hicks USN
MM 2c George Geddert USN
Sea 1c Cletus Beaumont USN
Sea 2c Frank Pickett USN
EM 2c Howard Schult USN


History of US Naval Operations in World War II