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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
EM 3c Robert Cobb USN
Ens Edwin Cochran USN
Sea 2c James Cochran USN
F 2c Manuel Coleman USN
RM 3c William Coleman USN
SM 2c John Connolly USN
TM 2c Joseph Connor USN
MM 1c Carl Conrad USN
CPhM Jack Cook USN
Sea 1c William Cook USN
Y 3c Robert Cooke USN
StM 3c Frederick Cooper USN
F 2c Carl Cooper USN
Sea 2c Robert Cope USN
Ck 3c Roosevelt Copeland USN
WT 1c William Coppens USN
Sea 1c Frank Corder USN
QM 3c Howard Corley USN
Sea 2c Gleason Cosgrove USN
FC 2c Leonard Cote USN


History of US Naval Operations in World War II