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Skill

Ship Designation: 
AM-115
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 Ralph Batezel USN
Lt(jg) Benjamin Swett USN
Sea 2c Gerard Gagnon USN
MM 3c Richard Lardie USN
Sea 1c Nelson Bazanka USN
MOMM 2c James Stringer USN
EM 2c Ladd Fuqua USN
SF 2c Joseph Kroell USN
RDM 3c Edward Bedard USN
MOMM 2c Innocenzo Strazzere USN
EM 3c Reed Gager USN
SOM 3c Leonard Lair USN
BM 1c Charles Bohner USN
CEM James Stewart USN
Sea 2c Eric Gallagher USN
LCdr Edward Kevern USN
GM 3c John Boyd USN
EM 3c Frank Speece USN
Sea 2c Arthur Gaudet USN
Ens John Koehler USN

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Submitted by Capt. Robt. Strange USN Ret.