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The United States Navy Memorial

Navy Memorial Honoring the Men & Women of the Sea Services



Ship Designation: 
Date Lost: 
Saturday, September 25, 1943
Catastrophic Explosion
While on patrol station Skill suffered a catastrophic explosion in her forward magazine. This was probably due to a submarine's torpedo because a survivor, whose station was on the bridge, later reported having seen a wake of undetermined origin paralleling the ship at a distance of about 150 yards. Skill was blown in half and the forward section capsized. The after half caught fire, and the flames moved aft until that section exploded and sank. Ten minutes later the capsized bow slipped beneath the waves. Of her 103 officers and men, none of the officers and only 32 of the men survived..

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 69

Namesort ascending Service Branch
SC 2c Irwin Winker USN
CMOMM Henry Windham USN
Sc 3c Randolph Winchester USN
Bos'n Willard Williams USN
RM 3c Robert Wilcox USN
SK 3c John Wiener USN
QM 2c David Weinstein USN
SOM 3c Bolek Warzenski USN
Sea 1c Barney Walter USN
Sea 2c Bruce Thoman USN
RT 1c John Thatcher USN
Lt(jg) Benjamin Swett USN
SC 3c John Sweat USN
MOMM 2c James Stringer USN
MOMM 2c Innocenzo Strazzere USN
CEM James Stewart USN
EM 3c Frank Speece USN
EM 3c Norris Sharp USN
MOMM 1c Bert Seratt USN
Ens Edward Ross USN


Submitted by Capt. Robt. Strange USN Ret.