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The United States Navy Memorial

Navy Memorial Honoring the Men & Women of the Sea Services



Ship Designation: 
Date Lost: 
Monday, September 25, 1944
Struck Mine near LeHarve France
Miantonomah sailed early in the afternoon of September 25th. Because of the danger of enemy mines, her skipper, Comdr. Austin E. Rowe, ordered the highest state of watertight integrity to be set and all personnel not actually on watch below to be on topside and wear lifejackets--measures which undoubtedly saved many lives. With a French harbor pilot at the conn, she skillfully navigated the inner and outer harbors and cleared the block ships, thence made course for the entrance to the marked channel. As she steamed about 2,000 yards out from the block ships, she was rocked at 1415 by a tremendous underwater explosion under the engineroom. This blast, possibly followed by a second one, dazed or injured practically the entire crew. Immediately, the stricken ship began to sink rapidly by the stern and to starboard. Damage control efforts proved useless, and as Coast Guard vessels, British motor launches, and a French fishing craft stood by to rescue survivors, her injured skipper ordered Miantonomah to be abandoned. She sank about 20 minutes after the explosion with a loss of some 58 officers and men.

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 53

Namesort descending Service Branch
RM 2c Louis Apodaca USN
RDM 2c Victor Boyer USN
Sea 2c Maritz Brown USN
Sea 1c Harold Burrow USN
Lt(jg) Joseph Capelli USN
EM 3c John Casale USN
F 1c Kenneth Cassady USN
F 1c George Chandler USN
WT 2c Harvey Cizek USN
WT 3c Freeman Cotten USN
Sea 1c John Dest USN
LCdr Lewis Dixon USN
SC 1c Ben Dunivant USN
F 2c Gilbert Edgar USN
WT 1c George Elrod USN
Sea 2c William Fowler USN
MM 2c Leslie Garrett USN
WT 3c Edward Hopkins USN
MM 3c Carl Hyman USN
Sea 2c Edward Krom USN


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