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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
SM 2c Arthur Griffin USN
Sea 2c Ernest Grey USN
CEM John Greer USN
Lt Benjamin Ghetzler USN
MM 1c Lester Gaskins USN
CCS Ralph French USN
SC 2c Hartley Franks USN
TM 2c William Flynn USN
QM 3c John Fitzgerald USN
Sea 1c Edwin Farley USN
F 2c Carlyle Everett USN
B 2c Gene Evans USN
FC 3c Linn Evans USN
LCdr Heywood Edwards USN
RM 3c Corbon Dyson USN
Matt 3c Nebraska Dunston USN
Sea 1c Karl Drinkwalter USN
WT 1c Gilbert Doiron USN
SK 3c Leonidas Dickerson USN
CBM Laurence Devereau USN

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