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Navy Memorial Honoring the Men & Women of the Sea Services



Ship Designation: 
Date Lost: 
Wednesday, February 21, 1945
Submarine Attack in the Mindanao Sea
While in the Mindanao Sea, on February 21, 1945, Renshaw was struck by a torpedo from an enemy submarine. ... The torpedo exploded on contact about 10 feet below the waterline, flooding the firerooms. The ship lost all power, a large section of the hull was warped by the explosion, and bulkheads and decks were fractured. ... Even though 19 men were killed and 20 injured, within a matter of minutes damage control parties had the flooding reduced by half and through their efforts the main propulsion machinery suffered no damage.

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 18

Namesort descending Service Branch
F 1c Joseph Beasley USN
MM 2c Otis Benke USN
F 1c Samuel Blair USN
Sea 1c Lawrence Cravalho USN
CMM Thomas Crimmins USN
Sea 1c Michael Cunningham USN
F 1c Carlos Decker USN
EM 1c Clarence Eyler USN
MM 2c John Gushue USN
F 2c Lawrence Johnson USN
MM 3c Robert Jones USN
Sea 1c Wesley Osage USN
MM 1c Oiva Rahko USN
WT 1c James Ryan USN
BM 2c Raymond Whalen USN
F 1c David Whitfield USN
F 1c John Whittle USN
WT 3c Robert Yach USN
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships