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Hull-Spence-Monaghan

Ship Designation: 
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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
Std 3c Willie Wilson USN
RDM 3c Leroy Witcher USN
Sea 1c John Woitkovich USN
Sea 2c Gideon Wolfe USN
Sea 2c Thomas Wolff USN
F 1c Marshall Wolkins USN
MM 2c Frank Wool USN
RT 3c James Working USN
StM 2c James Wright USN
WT 1c Paul Wright USN
CQM Everet Wright USN
F 2c Robert Wright USN
RDM 3c William Wright USN
F 1c George Yaksich USN
Sea 1c Charles Yonts USN
Sea 1c Robert Zawne USN
CM 2c Leonard Zielinski USN
Sea 1c Morris Zinamon USN

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