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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 1c Walter Klei USN
MM 3c John Kosiuk USN
F 1c John Koss USN
RM 3c Calvin Kraitz USN
SK 1c Lynwood Kreger USN
Sea 1c Frank Kroeper USN
Sea 1c Joseph Lafrance USN
Sea 2c Donald Langston USN
Sea 1c Richard Larimer USN
CCS Willard Law USN
MM 3c Walter Leaf USN
Lt(jg) Howard Leicht USN
EM 2c Delbert Lewis USN
Sea 1c Bernard Lichenstein USN
Sea 1c William Linzer USN
CMM Daniel Lloyd USN
Sea 2c James Long USN
Y 1c Rephelius Lowrey USN
Lt(jg) James Mackenzie USN
F 2c Keith Madsen USN


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