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The United States Navy Memorial

Navy Memorial Honoring the Men & Women of the Sea Services



Ship Designation: 
Date Lost: 
Saturday, February 28, 1942
Attack by two U-Boats
The Tanker SS Oregon was shelled by two submarines while en route from Aruba to Rhode Island. The ship was shelled continously until she caught fire and sank four hours after the shelling started. The crew was fired upon by the submarines and one survivor reported an attempt by one boat to run him over.

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 6

Namesort ascending Service Branch
2nd Mate William Wicke USMM
Chief Mate William Walter USMM
Master Ingvald Nilsen USMM
Cook Louis Hillman USMM
O.S. Russell Copple USMM
Radio Officer Francis Beaton USMM
A Careless Word A Needless Sinking.