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The United States Navy Memorial

Navy Memorial Honoring the Men & Women of the Sea Services


Mount Hood

Ship Designation: 
Date Lost: 
Friday, November 10, 1944
Ammunition Explosion
Mount Hood, at an anchorage in Seadler Harbor along with other COMSOWESPAC ships carried 3800 tons of ordnance material in her holds. Shore party of 17 members of ship's crew from Mount Hood departed ship at 0830. At 0855, a flash was seen coming from Mount Hood quickly followed by 2 explosions. ... There were no survivors other than the shore party of 17 who had departed the ship prior to the explosion. ... Naval Board of Inquiry convened to examine evidence relating to the disaster was unable to ascertain the cause. Available evidence strongly points to the conclusion that explosion was caused by force or agency within the ship itself .

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 327

Namesort descending Service Branch
MM 1c Charles Acquaotta USN
Sea 1c Robert Adams USN
Mach Togo Andrews USN
MM 2c Henry Antoniazzi USN
Sea 1c Harold Archer USN
Lt Clyde Bair USN
CM 2c David Baird USN
F 1c Lee Barker USN
SC 2c James Barnes USN
PhM 1c Carlton Barstow USN
CM 3c Floyd Berry USN
BM 1c Richard Bertin USN
Sea 1c Edmund Biegel USN
Sea 1c Joseph Biehler USNR
Sea 1c Edgar Bloom USN
RM 2c Anast Bobotas USN
Sea 1c Leonard Bowers USN
RDM 3c John Branks USN
Cox Loyd Brawley USN
Sea 1c John Brennan USN


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