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Navy Memorial Honoring the Men & Women of the Sea Services



Ship Designation: 
Date Lost: 
Sunday, September 12, 1943
Sank after Explosion
Sailing from Pago Pago with a tow destined for Espiritu Santo Navajo was rocked by an explosion. Within seconds Navajo took a heavy starboard list and began going down, rapidly, by the bow and abandonment was ordered. As the ship settled depth charges secured to port and starboard K-gun projectors exploded. An estimated two minutes had passed before she sank, but 17 of her crew accompanied her to the bottom.

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 16

Namesort descending Service Branch
Lt(jg) Earl Brines USN
SM 3c Joseph Callahan USN
Ens James East USN
Lt(jg) Sam Harlan USN
Sea 1c John Ibbotson USN
MM 3c Melvin King USN
EM 3c Sylvester Kostolnik USN
EM 2c John Lewis USN
QM 2c Robert Loeber USN
SOM 3c Robert Maccarra USN
MOMM 1c Charles Peery USN
CPhM Anthony Pierantozzi USN
Lt Frank Rigley USN
CBM Cecil Senterfitt USN
SOM 2c Arthur Wagner USN
SM 2c Raymond Walker USN
Submitted by Capt. Robt. Strange USN Ret.