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The United States Navy Memorial

Navy Memorial Honoring the Men & Women of the Sea Services



Ship Designation: 
Date Lost: 
Wednesday, February 18, 1942
Lost in Storm off St. Lawrence
Pollux steaming in company with USS Truxtun (DD 229) encountered heavy weather conditions off St. Lawrence Harbor, Newfoundland at Laun's Point and Chambers Cove. ... In the early morning hours searchlights were sighted revealing land 2 points on the port bow. The skipper of Pollux, having just arrived on the bridge from the chart house ordered full speed astern and hard right rudder, but it was too late and the ship grounded. Realizing that she was hard aground and starting to go down slightly by the head, the CO ordered full speed ahead to prevent the ship from sliding off and sinking in deep water. ... Difficult sea and winter weather conditions caused heavy loss of life as heroic efforts were made to reach shore. Some of the crew attempted to swim ashore, many unsuccessfully. Finally lines with a boatswain's chair were rigged to a ledge and the remaining personnel were conveyed ashore. ... The destroyer broke up almost immediately after grounding and POLLUX soon followed. The survivors owed their rescue in large measure to the tireless, efficient and in many cases heroic action of the people of St. Lawrence, Newfoundland. 93 of POLLUX crew perished in the incident.

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 74

Namesort descending Service Branch
AS Leslie Bean USN
AS Theodore Brunson USN
AS Crowell Buckwell USN
WT 2c William Budka USN
AS David Butler USN
Sea 2c Clyde Cannon USN
Matt 2c Carl Carrington USN
SK 3c Harris Christianson USN
SK 3c Donald Cochran USN
SK 3c Harold Conley USN
Sea 1c Orlan Cool USN
GM 3c Rex Copeland USN
MM 2c Joseph Cruza USN
Sea 2c William Derosa USN
Matt 2c Bernard Ducre USN
BM 1c James Dunn USN
SK 3c James Edwards USN
Sea 1c Floyd Edwards USN
Sea 2c Richard Farber USN
SK 3c Howard Flechsenhaar USN


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