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The United States Navy Memorial

Navy Memorial Honoring the Men & Women of the Sea Services



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 ascending Service Branch
Messman Charles Fitzpatrick USMM
F/W Maurice Coughlin USMM
2nd Cook Joseph Cote USMM
3rd Mate Walter Buren USMM
Pumpman George Belton USMM
2nd Engineer Charles Austin USMM