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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

Name Service Branchsort descending
Oiler Antonio Tizon USMM
Cook Saturnio Alcantara USMM
O.S. James Baldwin USMM
Jr. 3th Mate Elmer Dukes USMM
Chief Mate Walter Harvey USMM
2nd Mate William Honoski USMM
Radio Officer Leo Hower USMM
Messman Benjamin Lagon USMM
Master James Mccaffrey USMM
Wiper Howard Schweiker USMM
3rd Mate Benjamin Wilmer USMM
Radio Officer John Cannon USMM
Messman Juan San Miguel USMM
Jr. 3rd Engineer John Evans USMM
O.S. Glenn Sherman USMM
A.B. James Kirby USMM
Messman Raymond Slayden USMM
Wiper Donald Madden USMM
A.B. Wray Thompson USMM
Quartermaster Edward Maxey USMM


A Careless Word, A Needless Sinking