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The United States Navy Memorial

Navy Memorial Honoring the Men & Women of the Sea Services



Ship Designation: 
Date Lost: 
Wednesday, May 3, 1944
U-Boat Attack off coast of Algeria
While escorting a convoy from Algiers to US east coast, Menges was investigating a radar contact astern of the convoy when she was hit by an acoustic torpedo from U-371. ... The explosion was so violent that the aft third of the ship was destroyed with 31 men killed and 25 wounded. However, the CO refused to give the order to abandon ship as long as there was chance of saving her. In addition, several of the crewmembers heroically jumped astride torpedoes loosened in the blast to disarm them. ... With this creditable action, Menges remained afloat. ... Four hours after the torpedo attack, Menges was taken in tow by tug HMS Aspirant and reached Bougie, Algeria, that same day to debark her dead and wounded.

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 30

Namesort descending Service Branch
CMOMM Lavern Brugger USCG
GM 1c Leonard Cataldo USCG
Sea 1c Angelo Cataloni USCG
BM 1c Joseph Deyoung USCG
Sea 2c Woodrow Elaman USCG
TM 3c Homer Etchison USCG
Sea 1c Raymond Galary USCG
Lt Jonathan Grout USCG
Sea 1c Carl Hall USCG
TM 2c Elmer Hoffman USCG
F 1c Joseph Hoodock USCG
Sea 1c Delmar Koch USCG
F 1c Robert Lavonier USCG
Ens Wilbur Mcsorley USCG
QM 3c Walter Minor USCG
F 1c Richard Missbach USCG
Sea 1c Boyce Nichols USCG
TM 3c Buel Oglesby USCG
Sea 2c Angelo Petrolini USCG
Sea 1c Joseph Pirri USCG


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