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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

Name Service Branchsort descending
Sea 1c Joseph Polizzi USN
Y 1c Dennis Daniel USN
Sea 2c Charles Hayes USN
F 2c Windell Merrell USN
Y 1c Paul Boynton USN
Sea 2c Anthony Stankus USN
Cox William Paterson USN
SK 3c Leonidas Dickerson USN
Sea 2c Charles Harris USN
Sea 1c Joseph Little USN
Cox Harold Britt USN
Ens Craig Spowers USN
CWT Joseph Parkin USN
SC 2c Hartley Franks USN
GM 1c William Henniger USN
RM 1c Paul Magaris USN
Sea 2c Herbert Burrell USN
GM 3c Walter Sorensen USN
QM 2c Burl Pennington USN
CCS Ralph French USN