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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

Name Service Branchsort descending
BM 2c Anthony Kalanta USN
Matt 3c Nebraska Dunston USN
FC 2c James Clark USN
Sea 1c Benjamin Owen USN
Sea 1c Clarence Rygwelski USN
LCdr Heywood Edwards USN
Matt 1c Joseph Johnson USN
Sea 1c William Painter USN
Matt 1c Raymond Cook USN
CK 1c Pedro Ortizuela USN
Cox John Ryan USN
Sea 1c Edwin Farley USN
Lt Dewey Johnston USN
FC 1c Kenneth Wharton USN
GM 3c Carl Cooperidge USN
Sea 2c Harold Orange USN
Sea 1c Elmer Rayhill USN
B 2c Gene Evans USN
GM 3c Hugh House USN
F 2c Chester Welch USN

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