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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

Name Service Branchsort ascending
Sea 1c Barney Walter USN
Y 1c Henry Parks USN
MOMM 2c John Doyle USN
QM 2c David Weinstein USN
Sea 1c Rudolph Baril USN
Sea 2c Bruce Thoman USN
CQM Albert Nichols USN
RM 2c Paul Long USN
SK 3c John Wiener USN


Submitted by Capt. Robt. Strange USN Ret.