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The United States Navy Memorial

Navy Memorial Honoring the Men & Women of the Sea Services



Ship Designation: 
Date Lost: 
Saturday, February 26, 1944
Collision with SS El Coston
The Tanker SS Murfreesboro was rammed by the freighter El Coston while en convoy from New York to Wales. El Coston had lost steering control when she struck the tanker. Murfreesboro caught fire at once and burned for hours until the fires were eventually extinguished. ... Due to the sudden nature of the event, the crew had to jump directly into the water. Survivors were picked up by USS Ricketts (DE-254) and USS Marchand (DE-249).

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 26

Namesort descending Service Branch
2nd Engineer Charles Austin USMM
Pumpman George Belton USMM
3rd Mate Walter Buren USMM
2nd Cook Joseph Cote USMM
F/W Maurice Coughlin USMM
Messman Charles Fitzpatrick USMM
Wiper Ellis Hardy USMM
Cook Eugene Hipkins USMM
F/W Wide Jonsson USMM
Radio Officer G. Kelroy USMM
A.B. Clayton Kendall USMM
O.S. Richard Kist USMM
Master Julian Koch USMM
2nd Mate Godfrey Loader USMM
F/W Tomas Moreno USMM
Messman Delbert Morgan USMM
Utility Robert Moritz USMM
Utility Ahmed Morsi USMM
Galleyman Frank Pucel USMM
3rd Engineer Ludwig Reinle USMM


A Careless Word A Needless Sinking