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Ship Designation: 
Date Lost: 
Monday, November 29, 1943
Collision with HMAS Duntroon
Perkins departed Milne Bay steaming independently bound for Buna. ... Shortly before 0200 a dark image emerged from the blackness and a few minutes later the Australian troopship Duntroon rammed Perkins on the portside, amidships. ... Splitting in two, the Perkins went down and took four of her crew with her to a watery grave approximately 2 miles off Ipoteto island.

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 9

Namesort descending Service Branch
F 3c Willard Asmus USN
F 2c Jack Dean USN
F 1c Harry Fusdelman USN
WT 1c John Gavin USN
Std 3c Willie Mcdowell USN
MM 3c Charles Merrill USN
GM 1c William Murphy USN
F 1c Merle Rader USN
Sea 2c George Scott USN
Prepared by CAPT R.O. Strange USN (Ret.)