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The United States Navy Memorial

Navy Memorial Honoring the Men & Women of the Sea Services



Ship Designation: 
Date Lost: 
Monday, January 24, 1944
Air Attacks near Cape Anzio
Commencing January 21, 1944, Plunkett escorted the follow up assault group to Cape Anzio. After delivering the craft, she remained in the area to screen the transports. On the 24th she fell victim to a coordinated air attacks which, involved 2 glider bombs coming in on the port beam, and 2 Ju.88's closing in from ahead. Ship’s speed was increased; maneuvering was radical. The glider bombs finally dropped, at 200 yards distance, but more planes had joined the foray to commence a sustained 17 minute battle. Plunkett took a 250kg. bomb hit and caught fire. ... The bomb killed 23, left 28 missing, with many more, wounded, and caused extensive damage to her fire control apparatus, armament, and port engine. ... Damage Control efforts on Plunkett were successful in putting out the fires and restoring power to the ship. Plunkett proceeded, on one engine, to Palermo where temporary repairs enabled her to reach Casablanca and, finally, New York, where repairs were completed

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 52

Namesort descending Service Branch
MM 2c Clark Fisher USN
RDM 3c Robert Fritzen USN
WT 3c John Gallagher USN
Sea 1c Iley Gee USN
SOM 2c Alfred Gelinas USN
RM 3c Carlisle Gentile USN
MM 3c John Giardi USN
Sea 1c William Gilman USN
TM 3c William Hampton USN
RM 2c Lyle Hollister USN
Sea 1c Charles Hood USN
M 1c Jay Johannes USN
Sea 2c Gilson Jones USN
Sea 1c George Kramer USN
SM 3c Buford Lynch USN
Y 3c Patrick Mcgaffigan USN
TM 2c Henry Mcmahon USN
Sea 2c Timothy Mcnamara USN
SC 1c Michael Mizopalko USN
TM 2c Walter Naeser USN


Prepared by CAPT R.O. Strange USN ( Ret.)