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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

Name Service Branchsort descending
Steward Larry Lee USMM
Refrig. Engr. Raymond Mcelroy USMM
Cargo Officer Joseph Mckenney USMM
Oiler Edward Moore USMM
Refrig. Engr. Wallace Morrow USMM
F/W Howard Murphy USMM
Oiler Edward Bryan USMM
Steward Travis Najpahor USMM
A.B. Robert Clasburgh USMM
1st Engineer James Palmer USMM
Chief Mate Charles Coyne USMM
3rd Engineer Charles Peacock USMM
F/W Michael Evanoff USMM
Messman Walter Schumacher USMM
Storekeeper Charner Grant USMM
Bosun John Shoemaker USMM
2nd Engineer Judson Harman USMM
A.B. Thomas Weston USMM
Oiler Raphael Hines USMM
F/W Richard Whalley USMM


Various Sources