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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
Steward Travis Najpahor USMM
1st Engineer James Palmer USMM
3rd Engineer Charles Peacock USMM
Lt(jg) Woodrow Radcliffe USN
Sea 1c Cecil Robinson USN
Messman Walter Schumacher USMM
Bosun John Shoemaker USMM
A.B. Thomas Weston USMM
F/W Richard Whalley USMM
Sea 1c Carl Wilke USN


Various Sources