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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
SOM 3c Richard Carbone USN
FC 3c Jack Carls USN
Lt(jg) Lloyd Carlson USN
SOM 1c Robert Carlstrom USN
CQM Harlan Carrigan USN
Sea 2c Robert Carriker USN
Sea 1c Orval Casson USN
Sea 1c Floyd Caswell USN
RDM 3c Albert Cayer USN
Sea 1c George Chalfant USN
F 2c Gail Chapin USN
Cox James Chastain USN
Sea 2c George Christensen USN
SF 3c Wesley Christiansen USN
Cox Stanley Cieszynski USN
Sea 1c Caesar Cimino USN
Sea 2c Stillman Clark USN
Sea 1c Donald Clark USN
WT 2c George Clark USN
EM 1c Marcel Cloutier USN


History of US Naval Operations in World War II