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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 ascending Service Branch
MM 1c Alvin Tenholder USN
Sea 1c Robert Taylor USN
Sea 1c Ernest Tate USN
MM 1c Peter Tapovic USN
MM 2c Henry Tagg USN
Sea 2c Hollis Tabor USN
Sea 2c George Szente USN
Sea 1c Ralph Swerzbin USN
WT 1c James Swartwood USN
SOM 3c George Svouros USN
Sea 2c Donald Sutherin USN
MM 2c Clarence Sundbeck USN
F 2c Robert Sullivan USN
FC 3c Francis Sullivan USN
Sea 1c Earl Sullivan USN
Sea 2c Lee Roy Stutes USN
Sea 1c Bernard Stroup USN
Y 3c Vernon Stromberg USN
Sea 2c Arthur Stricklin USN
Sea 2c J. Strickland USN


History of US Naval Operations in World War II