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Joseph Hewes

Ship Designation: 
Date Lost: 
Wednesday, November 11, 1942
U-Boat Attack near Casablanca
By November 11, the Joseph Hewes had completed unloading and had received 30 casualties from the beach. At 1950 she took a torpedo hit in No. 2 hold from U-173. The transport settled by the bow and began filling rapidly with water. Captain Smith endeavored to pick up anchor or slip chain but, as the entire forecastle was under water, this was not possible. He then attempted to beach the ship by backing engines but her propeller was out of the water, so the order was given to abandon ship. ... Joseph Hewes went down at 2032, taking Captain Smith and several seamen with her. By his coolness, calmness, and his devotion to duty in placing the safety of the crew and ship before his own, he instilled confidence in every officer and member of the crew. The U-173 paid heavily for her victory, for she was sunk 5 days later off Casablanca by American destroyers.

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 5

Namesort ascending Service Branch
Sea 2c Stanley Sukta USN
HA 1c Harold Peterson USN
PhM 1c Richard Larue USN
Sea 2c Allan Feran USN
BM 2c Ray Boles USN
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships