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The United States Navy Memorial

Navy Memorial Honoring the Men & Women of the Sea Services



Ship Designation: 
Date Lost: 
Tuesday, October 3, 1944
Submarine Attack Enroute to Philippines
Providing escort for the carriers Midway and Fanshaw Bay while proceeding from New Guinea to the Philippines, a Japanese submarine lurking in a US submarine safety zone fired a long range torpedo spread at the US Force. One of two torpedoes struck Shelton blasting her starboard screw which killed 13 men and seriously injured 22 others. Valiant efforts were made to save Shelton however efforts to stem the flooding proved unavailing and as her list increased, the crew transferred to Rowell. Shelton continued to remain afloat and an attempt was made to tow her to safety. Lang took her under tow and proceeded out of the area. While under tow to the nearest port, it became apparent that Shelton was too badly damaged to be salvaged as her list increased the ship capsized. Her hull however remained afloat and ultimately US forces had to dispose of the hulk with gunfire.

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 13

Namesort descending Service Branch
Sea 2c Reathel Baize USN
CM 3c Bert Bonnell USN
F 1c Lamont Brolliar USN
M 2c Terence Clark USN
Sea 1c Edward Clinton USN
TM 3c Philip Deteresi USN
SF 1c Oliver Greebon USN
Sea 1c Abraham Minofsky USN
Sea 2c Joseph Pinzini USN
Lt Max Schmitt USN
Sea 2c Richard Schnell USN
Sea 2c Winson Sloan USN
Ens George Trible USN
Prepared by CAPT R.O. Strange USN (Ret.)