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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
WT 3c Leonard Bryant USN
Lt(jg) Haywood Bryant USN
Sea 2c Henry Buccuzzo USN
Sea 1c Walton Buck USN
RDM 3c William Buckley USN
Lt(jg) Robert Burden USN
StM 2c Fred Burgess USN
Sea 2c Earl Burleson USN
CPhM Raymond Burnett USN
CRT Charles Burtch USN
F 2c Wallace Busby USN
CWT Martin Busch USN
GM 2c Ralph Butler USN
WT 2c Harry Butts USN
StM 2c Joseph Byrd USN
Sea 1c Christopher Cahill USN
B 1c Frank Cain USN
Sea 1c Bruce Campbell USN
WT 3c Gilbert Campton USN
GM 2c James Camunez USN


History of US Naval Operations in World War II