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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
F 1c Anthony Deck USN
Sea 2c Gale Dedmore USN
Sea 1c John Delis USN
StM 1c James Devaughan USN
Sea 2c Francois Devault USN
RDM 2c Benjamin Dewan USN
F 1c Frank Distanislao USN
Ck 2c George Doyle USN
Ens James Dubpernell USN
GM 3c Alfred Duda USN
QM 1c Frank Dumas USN
StM 1c Simpson Edwards USN
Sea 2c Wendell Eggen USN
CM 3c Douglas Eichen USN
TM 3c Edwin Eisele USN
F 1c Arthur Eisenbach USN
Sea 1c Charles Elburn USN
Lt Frederick Elliott USN
CY Robert Ellis USN
Sea 2c John Ellis USN


History of US Naval Operations in World War II