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Mississippi

Ship Designation: 
BB-41
Date Lost: 
Saturday, November 20, 1943
Turret Explosion
While bombarding Makin, a turret explosion accident, almost identical to the earlier 1924 tragedy, killed 43 men.

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 43

Name Service Branchsort descending
Sea 2c Billy Bayless USN
Sea 1c Robert Gossage USN
Sea 1c Ernest Valdez USN
Sea 2c Charles Betts USN
Sea 1c Vicente Garza USN
GM 3c Charles Velikie USN
GM 2c Thomas Blackwell USN
BM 2c Charles Glase USN
Cox Herbert Webb USN
Sea 1c Marvin Brabham USN
Sea 1c John Gillen USN
Sea 1c Charles Wise USN
CY Theodor Brack USN
Sea 1c Arthur Gilchrist USN
GM 2c William Brown USN
Sea 1c Joseph Helton USN
Sea 2c Wilburn Bryant USN
Cox John Highland USN
Sea 2c Kevin Casserly USN
GM 2c John Hansen USN

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