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The United States Navy Memorial

Navy Memorial Honoring the Men & Women of the Sea Services



Ship Designation: 
Date Lost: 
Wednesday, June 16, 1943
Torpedoed in Austrailian Waters
On June 16, 1943, a convoy was attacked by Japanese submarines of the 3rd Squadron then operating in Australian waters. Two ships were torpedoed, the PORTMAR, an American Army Transport and LST 469. The first named sank in ten minutes with the loss of two lives but LST 469, though suffering twenty-six killed and many wounded, she remained afloat and was later towed to to Byron by HMAS Deloraine. This was the last submarine attack in Australian waters.

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 26

Namesort ascending Service Branch
F 2c John Whillock USN
Sea 2c Milton Vietmeier USN
Sea 2c Robert Ulrich USN
Cox Elmer Strey USN
SC 2c James Sowle USN
BM 2c Vernon Smith USN
Sea 1c Herman Sealock USN
MOMM 1c Arthur Rugenstein USN
MOMM 1c Mayland Remick USN
MOMM 2c Raymond Randall USN
Sea 2c Claude Ramseur USN
Sea 2c Junius Prichard USN
Sea 1c Aubra Perry USN
MOMM 2c Eugene Paulson USN
F 3c James Musgrove USN
GM 3c Edward Meeve USN
F 1c Wilbur Matthews USN
BM 2c Ralph Johnson USN
F 1c Robert Fritts USN
SF 2c Charles Durney USN