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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

Name Service Branchsort descending
StM 2c Richard Anderson USN
MOMM 1c Arthur Rugenstein USN
F 2c Leslie Bidwell USN
MOMM 1c Mayland Remick USN
PhM 2c William Cottle USN
Sea 2c Milton Vietmeier USN
F 1c Robert Fritts USN
Sea 2c Robert Ulrich USN
Sea 1c William Drake USN
SC 2c James Sowle USN
SF 2c Charles Durney USN
Cox Elmer Strey USN
GM 3c Edward Meeve USN
F 2c John Whillock USN
F 1c Wilbur Matthews USN
BM 2c Ralph Johnson USN
MOMM 2c Eugene Paulson USN
Sea 1c Aubra Perry USN
MOMM 2c Raymond Randall USN
Sea 2c Claude Ramseur USN