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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
RDM 2c Walter Romanowicz USN
Sea 1c Edward Rideout USN
EM 3c Richard Porter USN
MM 3c William Phillips USN
Y 1c Henry Parks USN
Lt Frank Olender USN
CQM Albert Nichols USN
EM 1c Arnold Moore USN
F 1c Howard Mellody USN
RM 2c Paul Long USN
MM 3c Richard Lardie USN
SOM 3c Leonard Lair USN
SF 2c Joseph Kroell USN
Ens John Koehler USN
LCdr Edward Kevern USN
F 1c Frank Kaszer USN
MOMM 2c Lowell Hoxsie USN
SM 1c Lyle Hoffman USN
MOMM 2c Edward Harris USN
StM 1c Conrid Hall USN


Submitted by Capt. Robt. Strange USN Ret.