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Navy Memorial Honoring the Men & Women of the Sea Services



Ship Designation: 
Date Lost: 
Thursday, September 9, 1943
Bomb Attack at Salerno
On 7 September, Nauset departed the Tunisian coast with a Royal Navy boat crew as passengers, their boat, an assault craft equipped with hedgehog projectors as deck cargo, and hedgehogs and dynamite in her holds. Escaping damage during aerial attacks on the 8th, the tug arrived in the vicinity of the US lowering position soon after D-day, 9 September 1943, began. Moving further in toward the Uncle beaches, AT-89 launched the British assault craft to explode her hedgehog charges in the shallow waters off the beaches in order to hopefully clear the area of mines. Nauset, in the meantime, stood by to await the craft's return for replenishment. At 0430, the Luftwaffe paid its first visit to the Allied vessels. Forty minutes later enemy aircraft flew over the ships in the Gulf of Salerno. Bombs, from a plane exploded in close proximity to the tug. Fire enveloped Nauset's entire boat deck and broke out in the motor and generator rooms, cutting all power. She began to list heavily to port and without pressure in the fire plugs, the fires spread quickly.

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 17

Namesort descending Service Branch
SF 2c Edmund Benedetti USN
MOMM 1c Edgar Bessler USN
CEM Lawrence Delworth USN
MM 3c Robert Dick USN
F 1c Herman Dinehart USN
MOMM 2c Edward Drake USN
F 1c Richard Dupes USN
M 1c Lloyd Hodgdon USN
MOMM 1c Victor Hoffmeier USN
MM 3c John Howe USN
Sea 1c James Keep USN
EM 2c Henry Niewoonder USN
Lt Joseph Orleck USN
Mach Robert Overton USN
CM 1c Robert Shrader USN
Bos'n Leo Simard USN
MOMM 1c Hugh Smalling USN
Submitted by Capt. Robt. Strange USN Ret.