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Ship Designation: 
Date Lost: 
Monday, June 12, 1944
Torpedoed near Omaha Beach
Nelson was anchored in position 13 the night of June 12. Thus far her only contact with the enemy had been in the form of a glide bomb which had exploded harmlessly off the starboard quarter during her first night in the area. At 0105 on the 13th she made a radar contact, challenged the contact by flashing light, and opened fire. The target slowed, turned away, and split into three distinct blips. The destroyer had loosed ten salvos when a torpedo struck her just aft the No. 4 gun mount blowing off the stern and No.4 mount. Maloy (DE-791) stood by to transfer personnel, and Nelson was taken in tow. Twenty-four of her crew were killed or missing and 9 wounded. After emergency repairs at Londonderry, Northern Ireland, the destroyer was towed to Boston where she received a new stern.

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 24

Namesort descending Service Branch
Sea 2c Stephen Capo USN
GM 2c Robert Chapin USN
Sea 1c Orville Cook USN
Sea 1c William Cunningham USN
Sea 1c Edward Hayes USN
Sea 1c Stewart Jordan USN
Sea 2c John Kurtzman USN
Sea 1c Nicholas Lusack USN
Sea 1c Ambrose Malloy USN
Sea 2c Charles Mangione USN
F 2c Efrain Matos USN
F 2c John Mazzone USN
Sea 1c Jack Mcdermott USN
Cox Stanley Miller USN
Sea 2c Joseph Molnar USN
Sea 1c Luther Myers USN
SC 2c Anthony Nastasi USN
Sea 2c Ralph Osgood USN
Sea 1c Arthur Ottley USN
Sea 2c Otto Patla USN


Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships