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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
RM 1c Paul Magaris USN
Sea 2c Herbert Burrell USN
GM 3c Walter Sorensen USN
QM 2c Burl Pennington USN
CCS Ralph French USN
CQM Glen Jones USN
GM 2c Lawrence Cosgrove USN
Sea 1c Hartwell Byrd USN
Sea 2c Wallace Sowers USN
Sea 1c James Rogers USN
TM 2c William Flynn USN
Sea 1c Donald Kapp USN
F 1c Leftwich Carbaugh USN
RM 2c Joseph Caruso USN
F 1c Wilton Taylor USN
B 1c Edward Saltis USN
QM 3c John Fitzgerald USN
BM 2c Anthony Kalanta USN
Matt 3c Nebraska Dunston USN