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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 ascending Service Branch
3rd Mate Benjamin Wilmer USMM
Lt(jg) August Welty USN
Oiler Antonio Tizon USMM
A.B. Wray Thompson USMM
SM 3c Warren Sweet USN
Messman Raymond Slayden USMM
O.S. Glenn Sherman USMM
Wiper Howard Schweiker USMM
Sea 1c Theodore Schurene USN
Messman Juan San Miguel USMM
Sea 2c Roy Overman USN
Master James Mccaffrey USMM
Quartermaster Edward Maxey USMM
Wiper Donald Madden USMM
Sea 2c Earl Lockert USN
Messman Benjamin Lagon USMM
A.B. James Kirby USMM
Radio Officer Leo Hower USMM
2nd Mate William Honoski USMM
Sea 2c Marvin Hebb USN


A Careless Word, A Needless Sinking