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The United States Navy Memorial

Navy Memorial Honoring the Men & Women of the Sea Services



Ship Designation: 
Date Lost: 
Sunday, February 11, 1945
Submarine Attack east of Mindanao
On Sunday morning, 11 February 1945 LST 577 was torpedoed by Japanese submarine RO 50, east of Mindanao, off the Philippine Islands while in a reinforcement convoy proceeding from Hollandia to Leyte. ... The explosion occurred just aft of the auxiliary engine room and broke the ship in two. Part of the aft frame sank immediately. The forward section remained afloat. ... Over 166 Sailors and soldiers were lost.

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 65

Name Service Branchsort descending
Sea 2c James Simpson USN
GM 3c Robert Thibodeau USN
Sea 1c John Jablonski USN
Ck 3c Robert Woody USN
CBM Willard Rubick USN
Sea 1c Joseph Trapani USN
Lt(jg) Norman Kreuter USN
QM 3c William Wolf USN
SF 2c Joseph Fenton USN
QM 3c Clarence Ryan USN
Sea 2c Maymard Vansickle USN
Sea 1c Charles Layman USN
CMOMM Richard Anderegg USN
F 1c Emilio Sabella USN
Sea 2c William Urban USN
Sea 1c Kenneth Lavery USN
QM 2c Clarence Anderson USN
Ens Gordon Rhemann USN
Sea 2c Oscar Voelker USN
F 1c William Kelly USN


Various sources