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Robert H. Colley

Ship Designation: 
Date Lost: 
Sunday, October 4, 1942
U-Boat Attack in North Atlantic
SS Robert M Colley was in convoy in a heavy sea when she was struck by a torpedo from U-254. The blast in the heavy sea broke the ship in two. The forward section sank during the night. Eleven men who abandoned ship in two lifeboats were never seen again. The remaining 33 survivors were rescued by HMS Borage in very heavy seas.

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 28

Namesort descending Service Branch
Sea 1c Marvin Addison USN
Cook Saturnio Alcantara USMM
O.S. James Baldwin USMM
Sea 2c James Barrows USN
Radio Officer John Cannon USMM
Jr. 3th Mate Elmer Dukes USMM
Jr. 3rd Engineer John Evans USMM
Chief Mate Walter Harvey USMM
Sea 2c Marvin Hebb USN
2nd Mate William Honoski USMM
Radio Officer Leo Hower USMM
A.B. James Kirby USMM
Messman Benjamin Lagon USMM
Sea 2c Earl Lockert USN
Wiper Donald Madden USMM
Quartermaster Edward Maxey USMM
Master James Mccaffrey USMM
Sea 2c Roy Overman USN
Messman Juan San Miguel USMM
Sea 1c Theodore Schurene USN


A Careless Word, A Needless Sinking