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The United States Navy Memorial

Navy Memorial Honoring the Men & Women of the Sea Services


Reuben James

Friday, October 31, 1941
First Sinking of US Ship in WWII
at Hvalfjordur, Iceland, Reuben James sailed from Argentia, Newfoundland, 23 October 1941, with four other destroyers to escort eastbound convoy HX-156. While escorting that convoy, Reuben James was torpedoed by German submarine U-562. Her magazine exploded, and she sank quickly. Of the crew, 44 survived, and 115 died

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 99

Namesort ascending Service Branch
CWT Albert Mondoux USN
Sea 2c Gerald Mills USN
Sea 2c Auburn Merritt USN
F 2c Windell Merrell USN
Sea 2c William Mckeever USN
RM 1c Paul Magaris USN
Sea 1c Joseph Little USN
SM 3c Ralph Kloepper USN
CMM Leonard Keever USN
Sea 1c Donald Kapp USN
BM 2c Anthony Kalanta USN
CQM Glen Jones USN
Lt Dewey Johnston USN
Matt 1c Joseph Johnson USN
F 1c Maurice Hudlin USN
GM 3c Hugh House USN
GM 3c Francis Hogan USN
GM 1c William Henniger USN
Sea 2c Charles Hayes USN
Sea 2c Charles Harris USN