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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

Name Service Branchsort descending
Sea 1c James Bulger USN
RDM 2c Walter Romanowicz USN
StM 1c Conrid Hall USN
MOMM 2c Lowell Hoxsie USN
Sea 1c Arthur Burke USN
Ens Edward Ross USN
SM 1c Lyle Hoffman USN
SC 2c Irwin Winker USN
MOMM 2c Clifford Carlson USN
EM 3c Norris Sharp USN
StM 3c Preston Deas USN
Sc 3c Randolph Winchester USN
Mach Earl Carroll USN
MOMM 1c Bert Seratt USN
Cox Philip Dawson USN
CMOMM Henry Windham USN
Lt(jg) Bert Ainsworth USN
StM 1c Joe Coney USN
EM 3c Richard Porter USN
MOMM 1c George Davenport USN


Submitted by Capt. Robt. Strange USN Ret.