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The United States Navy Memorial

Navy Memorial Honoring the Men & Women of the Sea Services



Ship Designation: 
Date Lost: 
Thursday, October 19, 1944
Mined off Leyte
Arriving off Dinagat Island Ross provided coverage for the landings there, then joined TU 77.2.6 to provide cover for the minesweeping and hydrography unit. Her duty ended abruptly when Ross struck a mine under the forward engineroom and fireroom, and began to list to port. Subsequently she struck a second mine in the vicinity of the after engineroom. The list increased to 14° as Chickasaw (ATF-83) and Preserver (ARS-8) closed to render assistance. Casualties from the mine explosions were 23 crewmembers killed, and nine injured. While damage repairs were ongoing, the anchorage was attacked by Japanese planes. Shrapnel injured two more from Ross's crew.

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 25

Namesort ascending Service Branch
MM 3c Vernon Wiersching USN
M 3c Sidney Webster USN
F 1c John Vicsik USN
MM 1c Alfred Souza USN
CMM Ethan Snow USN
F 1c Denver Shreve USN
F 1c Wesley Scott USN
MM 2c Sidney Rigby USN
F 2c Paul Reyes USN
Wt 3c Robert Penland USN
MM 1c Emmett Mustin USN
EM 1c Thomas Murphy USN
MM 1c Robert Meadows USN
MM 1c James Marmon USN
MM 1c Thomas Luckett USN
F 1c Stanley Kandybowicz USN
MM 2c James Johnson USN
F 1c John Hauser USN
MM 1c Leslie Grizzell USN
MM 3c Thomas Gallagher USN


Prepared by CAPT R.O. Strange USN (Ret.)