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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
LCdr Frank Andrews USN
Ens Alfred Anido USN
F 2c Roy Anspach USN
EM 3c James Anthony USN
Sea 2c Almon Armbrust USN
Sea 1c Arthur Arvold USN
Sea 2c William Ashcraft USN
WT 3c Felix Ashley USN
GM 1c Ernest Ashworth USN
Sea 2c Charles Asmus USN
F 1c James Attaway USN
Sea 2c Harold Aube USN
F 2c John Aubrey USN
Sea 2c Edward Aulenbach USN
Sea 2c William Austin USN
Sea 2c Lewis Bair USN
Sea 2c Allen Bair USN
Sea 2c Willard Baker USN
Lt Hira Baker USN
MM 1c Clifton Ballance USN


History of US Naval Operations in World War II