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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
SOM 2c Walter Genarlsky USN
Sea 2c Arthur Gaudet USN
Sea 2c Eric Gallagher USN
Sea 2c Gerard Gagnon USN
EM 3c Reed Gager USN
EM 2c Ladd Fuqua USN
MOMM 2c John Doyle USN
StM 3c Preston Deas USN
Cox Philip Dawson USN
MOMM 1c George Davenport USN
Sea 2c William Daniels USN
WT 2c James Crunk USN
StM 1c Joe Coney USN
Mach Earl Carroll USN
MOMM 2c Clifford Carlson USN
Sea 1c Arthur Burke USN
Sea 1c James Bulger USN
PhM 1c Kenneth Buck USN
GM 3c John Boyd USN
BM 1c Charles Bohner USN


Submitted by Capt. Robt. Strange USN Ret.