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The United States Navy Memorial

Navy Memorial Honoring the Men & Women of the Sea Services



Ship Designation: 
Date Lost: 
Tuesday, May 4, 1943
Torpedo Attack off the Virgina Coast
US Army Transport Oneida, left New York City in a convoy headed through Guantanimo Bay, Cuba to Australia. ... Off the Virginia coast, the Oneida developed engine trouble in heavy seas, began to take on water and on May 3, dropped out of the convoy with two otherstragglers. During that evening, and still in heavy weather, the Oneida sighted aGerman submarine, almost colliding with that same vessel. The gun crews went togeneral quarters to prepare for an attack from the submarine. ... As time passed and thestorm worsened, the captain relaxed general quarters as he thought that he had eluded the enemy vessel in the heavy rain and seas. ... However, in the early morning hours of May 4, still in a storm, two torpedoes struck the Oneida. The ship began to sink headfirst into the sea, going down in less than two minutes.

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 30

Namesort descending Service Branch
AS Edward Bryan USN
Oiler Edward Bryan USMM
A.B. Robert Clasburgh USMM
Chief Mate Charles Coyne USMM
F/W Michael Evanoff USMM
Storekeeper Charner Grant USMM
2nd Engineer Judson Harman USMM
Oiler Raphael Hines USMM
Chief Steward Ralph Houghton USMM
Refrig. Engr. James Keyes USMM
Oiler Joseph Lawler USMM
Steward Larry Lee USMM
SM 3c Cecil Lowman USN
Refrig. Engr. Raymond Mcelroy USMM
Cargo Officer Joseph Mckenney USMM
Oiler Edward Moore USMM
Sea 1c Vernon Morey USN
Refrig. Engr. Wallace Morrow USMM
F/W Howard Murphy USMM
Sea 1c Floy Muse USN


Various Sources