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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 ascending Service Branch
Ck 3c Jack Zachary USN
F 1c Walter Yuzev USN
Sea 1c Theodore Yorton USN
Sea 1c Howard Yon USN
HA 1c Raymond Worden USN
SM 3c Thurston Woodford USN
Cox Matthew Woodall USN
Sea 1c Edward Wojtowicz USN
Ch Gun Ralph Wise USN
SK 3c William Wilmes USN
SM 1c Newton Williams USN
GM 2c Steve Wilkens USN
Cox Donald Wilburn USN
CCS Arthur White USN
Cox John Whelan USN
F 2c Robert West USN
Sea 1c Willard West USN
Sea 1c June Wells USNR
Sea 2c James Welch USN
Sea 1c Clark Walton USN


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