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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 ascending Service Branch
Lt(jg) John Daub USN
Y 1c Dennis Daniel USN
CTM Charles Cox USN
CMM Alton Cousins USN
GM 2c Lawrence Cosgrove USN
GM 3c Carl Cooperidge USN
Matt 1c Raymond Cook USN
FC 2c James Clark USN
RM 2c Joseph Caruso USN
F 1c Leftwich Carbaugh USN
Sea 1c Hartwell Byrd USN
Sea 2c Herbert Burrell USN
Cox Harold Britt USN
Y 1c Paul Boynton USN
Sea 1c Joseph Biehl USN
MM 2c James Benson USN
Lt(jg) James Belden USN
Sea 1c Harold Beasley USN
CRM John Bauer USN