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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
Wiper Howard Schweiker USMM
O.S. Glenn Sherman USMM
Messman Raymond Slayden USMM
SM 3c Warren Sweet USN
A.B. Wray Thompson USMM
Oiler Antonio Tizon USMM
Lt(jg) August Welty USN
3rd Mate Benjamin Wilmer USMM


A Careless Word, A Needless Sinking