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The United States Navy Memorial

Navy Memorial Honoring the Men & Women of the Sea Services



Ship Designation: 
Date Lost: 
Monday, June 19, 1944
Mined off Normandy
LST-523 was assigned to the European theater and participated in the invasion of Normandy in June 1944, While operating off the Normandy beachhead, LST 523 struck an enemy mine. Forty-two of her men perished in the incident. LST 523 was damaged so severely by the mine explosion that she sank almost immediately after being hit.

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 40

Name Service Branchsort descending
MOMM 3c Richard Bartels USN
Cox Ira Hill USN
StM 3c Asbell Simmons USN
Cox William Bolen USN
MOMM 2c Harry Hatfield USN
Sea 1c Elroy Reifert USN
GM 2c William Carney USN
EM 3c Heber Harsey USN
Ens Linus Regan USN
F 1c Theodore Ceplecha USN
MOMM 3c Michael Haltner USN
Ens Frank Vogel USN
F 2c Charles Clair USN
PhM 1c John Miller USN
CPhM James Starbuck USN
WT 1c Charles Dillenburg USN
Sea 1c Hamilton Little USN
SK 1c John Sullivan USN
MOMM 1c Melvin Davis USN
Sea 1c John Lofton USN


Prepared by CAPT R.O. Strange USN (Ret.)