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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
SM 3c Louis Patten USN
CPhM John Putis USN
Sea 2c Lacy Pyle USN
MOMM 1c James Richmond USN
F 1c Royce Sipes USN
MM 1c Sherwood Snyder USN
RM 3c Christopher Tambe USN
WT 3c Johannes Thorsten USN
TM 3c Thomas Will USN
Sea 2c Jessie Wilson USN
MOMM 2c Robert Winger USN
SM 3c Stanley Wojtyto USN


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