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Liscome Bay

Ship Designation: 
Date Lost: 
Wednesday, November 24, 1943
Torpedo Attack off Butaritari Island
At 0430, November 24, reveille was made in Liscome Bay. The ship went to routine general quarters at 0505 as flight crews prepared their planes for dawn launchings. There was no warning of a submarine in the area until about 0510 when a lookout shouted: . . . here comes a torpedo! The missile struck abaft the after engineroom an instant later with a shattering roar. A second major detonation closely followed the first, the entire interior burst into flames. At 0533, LISCOME BAY listed to starboard and sank. ... Admiral Mullinix, Captain Wiltsie, 53 other officers, and 591 enlisted men down with her; 272 of her crew were rescued. Gallantly her men had served; gallantly they died in the victorious campaign giving their lives for the Nation's future.

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 640

Namesort descending Service Branch
Sea 1c Thomas Acosta USN
MM 2c Earl Adams USN
Sea 2c Edgar Adams USN
AM 3c Laurent Aden USN
F 2c Lawrence Adkins USN
MM 3c Richard Adkins USN
Sea 1c Robert Albrecht USN
F 2c Earl Alexander USN
Ens Donald Allen USN
ARM 2c Frank Allen USN
StM 1c Irineo Almazan USN
ARM 3c Benj Ambrose USN
F 2c Kenneth Ames USN
Sea 2c Calvin Amos USN
MM 3c Burnett Anderson USN
Sea 2c Carl Anderson USN
F 2c Carl Anderson USN
MM 2c Dean Anderson USN
MM 2c James Anderson USN
ARM 3c Marvin Anderson USN


Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships