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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
BM 1c Charles Cothran USN
Sea 2c J. Cotten USN
GM 2c Almer Cotton USN
Sea 1c Raymond Cradduck USN
RDM 3c Ray Crater USN
Bkr 1c Charles Craver USN
Sea 1c Newton Crawford USN
Sea 2c Gordon Criteser USN
RDM 3c Edward Croft USN
Sea 1c Fred Crooks USN
Sea 1c Walter Crump USN
Sea 2c Alvin Culler USN
SC 1c Donald Culp USN
Sea 1c Ernest Dalli USN
WT 3c Arthur Dalrymple USN
Ens Henry Davidson USN
M 1c Calvin Davis USN
SOM 3c Edward Davis USN
RDM 3c Billy Dean USN
TM 3c John Debord USN


History of US Naval Operations in World War II