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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
Sea 2c John Harleman USN
Sea 2c Arthur Harmon USN
Sea 2c Leon Harper USN
StM 2c William Harston USN
Sea 1c Robert Hartley USN
Sea 1c Harold Hayes USN
GM 1c Leonard Helms USN
SM 3c Michael Hoban USN
Sea 2c Jack Hudson USN
CEM Jack Imbeau USN
F 1c Galen Ingram USN
Sea 2c Jack Jasper USN
Std 2c Johnny Jefferson USN
EM 1c Shirley Johnson USN
F 2c LeRoy Jones USN
StM 1c Harry Jones USN
BM 2c George Jordan USN
MM 1c John Kelley USN
WT 3c James King USN
Sea 2c Frank Klecak USN


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