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President Lincoln

Friday, May 31, 1918
Torpedo Attack by U90
On May 31 1918, bound from Europe to the US, President Lincoln was torpedoed and sunk by German submarine U-90 with the loss of 26 lives. ... Lt. Edouard Victor Izac, the first officer of the President Lincoln was captured and held as a prisoner on board the U-90. At the time of his capture he had successfully prevented the ship's Captain from being discovered and taken prisoner as well. During his stay on the U-90 he obtained information of the movements of German submarines which was so important that he determined to escape, with a view to making this information available to the U.S. and Allied Naval authorities. ... In attempting to carry out this plan, he jumped through the window of a rapidly moving train at the imminent risk of death, not only from the nature of the act itself but from the fire of the armed German soldiers who were guarding him. Having been recaptured and reconfined, Lt. Izac made a second and successful attempt to escape, breaking his way through barbed-wire fences and deliberately drawing the fire of the armed guards in the hope of permitting others to escape during the confusion. He made his way through the mountains of southwestern Germany, having only raw vegetables for food, and at the end, swam the River Rhine during the night in the immediate vicinity of German sentries. ... Lt. Izac was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions.

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 27

Namesort descending Service Branch
Mess Attendant 3 Alfred Sweeting USN
Steerage Steward Robert Walker USN
Asst. Surgeon Linsay Whiteside USN
Ship's Cook 3rd Harold Williams USN
Yeoman 2nd class Fred Wilson USN
Mess Attendant 1 Frank Woodard USN
Coxswain Birtie Zanettti USN