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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 ascending
GM 3c Francis Hogan USN
F 1c Harold Vore USN
Sea 2c Kenneth Neely USN
CWT Eugene Schlotthauer USN
CEM John Greer USN
CMM Leonard Keever USN
Sea 1c George Woody USN
CRM John Bauer USN
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