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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
MOMM 3c John Cochran USN
StM 2c Joseph Cofield USN
Sea 1c Kenneth Conant USN
StM 2c Charlie Cooks USN
Sea 2c Francis Coughlin USN
F 2c David Covington USN
SOM 2c Blane Cowart USN
SF 2c Elwood Cross USN
MM 2c Troy Crow USN
BM 2c Carl Cygnar USN
Sea 1c Herbert Daniels USN
F 1c Clarence Davis USN
CQM George Deardorff USN
GM 1c Kloyce Dennard USN
SOM 3c Ralph Denser USN
EM 3c Gerald Deskins USN
Sea 1c Robert Desrosiers USN
Sea 2c Philip Detore USN
Sea 2c William Dewitt USN
Sea 1c Arthur Dewley USN


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