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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 ascending Service Branch
Sea 1c Carl Wilke USN
F/W Richard Whalley USMM
A.B. Thomas Weston USMM
Bosun John Shoemaker USMM
Messman Walter Schumacher USMM
Sea 1c Cecil Robinson USN
Lt(jg) Woodrow Radcliffe USN
3rd Engineer Charles Peacock USMM
1st Engineer James Palmer USMM
Steward Travis Najpahor USMM
Sea 1c Floy Muse USN
F/W Howard Murphy USMM
Refrig. Engr. Wallace Morrow USMM
Sea 1c Vernon Morey USN
Oiler Edward Moore USMM
Cargo Officer Joseph Mckenney USMM
Refrig. Engr. Raymond Mcelroy USMM
SM 3c Cecil Lowman USN
Steward Larry Lee USMM
Oiler Joseph Lawler USMM


Various Sources