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The United States Navy Memorial

Navy Memorial Honoring the Men & Women of the Sea Services



Ship Designation: 
Date Lost: 
Tuesday, December 5, 1944
Air Attack near Surigao Strait
On December 5, Mugford spotted enemy aircraft attacking amphibious craft passing through her patrol area in Surigao Strait. She sped to protect them, and late in the action was crashed by a Val dive bomber. She was badly damaged, and lost eight men killed, 14 wounded.

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 7

Namesort ascending Service Branch
Sea 2c Daniel Webster USN
SC 2c Vernon Thoreson USN
F 1c Eugene Schneider USN
F 1c Monell Monson USN
GM 2c John Koon USN
Sea 1c John Holt USN
SSM 3c Jack Berry USN
Prepared by CAPT R.O. Strange USN (Ret.)