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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 3c Edward Bedard USN
Sea 1c Nelson Bazanka USN
Sea 1c Ralph Batezel USN
SM 2c James Bartlett USN
Sea 1c William Barronton USN
Sea 1c Rudolph Baril USN
Lt(jg) Rex Baldwin USN
GM 3c Raymond Ancefsky USN
Lt(jg) Bert Ainsworth USN


Submitted by Capt. Robt. Strange USN Ret.