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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 descending Service Branch
Cox Philip Dawson USN
StM 3c Preston Deas USN
MOMM 2c John Doyle USN
EM 2c Ladd Fuqua USN
EM 3c Reed Gager USN
Sea 2c Gerard Gagnon USN
Sea 2c Eric Gallagher USN
Sea 2c Arthur Gaudet USN
SOM 2c Walter Genarlsky USN
StM 1c Conrid Hall USN
MOMM 2c Edward Harris USN
SM 1c Lyle Hoffman USN
MOMM 2c Lowell Hoxsie USN
F 1c Frank Kaszer USN
LCdr Edward Kevern USN
Ens John Koehler USN
SF 2c Joseph Kroell USN
SOM 3c Leonard Lair USN
MM 3c Richard Lardie USN
RM 2c Paul Long USN


Submitted by Capt. Robt. Strange USN Ret.