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Ship Designation: 
Date Lost: 
Thursday, June 8, 1944
Mined near Saint-Mareouf
Soon after 0830 on June 8, Rich was ordered to Fire Support Area 3 to assist Glennon (DD-840) which had struck a mine northwest of the Saint-Mareouf Islands. Closing Glennon, Rich dispatched a whaleboat only to learn that her assistance was not needed at that point. Rich then started to round the disabled ship and take up station ahead of the minesweeper which had taken Glennon in tow. At approximately 0920, a mine exploded 50 yards off Rich's starboard beam. Three minutes later, a second went off directly under the ship. Approximately 50 feet of her stern was blown off. A third mine delivered the final blow 2 minutes later. The forward section buckled. Rich was ordered abandoned. A few minutes later, she sank. Of her crew, 27 were killed, 73 wounded and 62 missing.

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 84

Namesort descending Service Branch
EM 3c Marvin Adkerson USN
WT 3c Lloyd Anderson USN
MM 3c Raymond Benjamin USN
CCS Walter Berger USN
CBM Robert Berry USN
CY Anthony Bilotti USN
Sea 1c Carlie Black USN
Ck 2c Francisco Blas USN
Sea 2c Thomas Bowmer USN
MM 3c John Clark USN
EM 2c Frank Cody USN
CM 2c Hubert Comer USN
StM 2c Clarence Copeland USN
MM 3c Hassell Coward USN
SC 2c Benjamin Crawford USN
EM 3c Mark Crawford USN
WT 3c Peter Decimos USN
F 1c Samuel Deguilmi USN
SOM 3c Warren Delaval USN
Cox William Diefenbach USN


Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships