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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 descending Service Branch
B 1c Edward Saltis USN
CWT Eugene Schlotthauer USN
Sea 1c Sunny Settle USN
GM 3c Walter Sorensen USN
Sea 2c Wallace Sowers USN
Ens Craig Spowers USN
Sea 2c Anthony Stankus USN
Sea 1c Jerome Stelmach USN
F 1c Wilton Taylor USN
CGM George Towers USN
SM 3c Lewis Turner USN
Sea 1c Loyd Voiles USN
F 1c Harold Vore USN
Ens Howard Wade USN
Sea 1c Jesse Weaver USN
F 2c Chester Welch USN
FC 1c Kenneth Wharton USN
Sea 1c George Woody USN
Sea 1c Edwin Wray USN