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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
Ens Howard Wade USN
MM 1c Edgar Musselwhite USN
Sea 1c Sunny Settle USN
SM 2c Arthur Griffin USN
Sea 2c William Mckeever USN
Sea 1c Harold Beasley USN
Sea 1c Loyd Voiles USN
BM 1c Frederick Post USN
WT 1c Gilbert Doiron USN
Sea 2c Ernest Grey USN
Sea 2c Gerald Mills USN
Lt(jg) James Belden USN
CGM George Towers USN
Sea 1c Corwin Porter USN
Sea 1c Karl Drinkwalter USN
Lt Benjamin Ghetzler USN
CWT Albert Mondoux USN
MM 2c James Benson USN
SM 3c Lewis Turner USN
PhM 1c Lee Powell USN