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The United States Navy Memorial

Navy Memorial Honoring the Men & Women of the Sea Services



Ship Designation: 
Date Lost: 
Monday, December 18, 1944
Lost in Typhoon Cobra
While preparing to refuel from a fleet oiler and having pumped sea water ballast out of fuel tanks, rough seas caused fueling to be canceled. Ship commenced taking in water from main engineering spaces which shorted out electrical equipment. After taking a 72 degree roll to port all shipboard electrical power was lost and ship’s engines failed. Without any propulsion to turn into the sea, Spence found herself in the wave trough and soon capsized and sank. ... There were 300 that perished in the incident. There were 24 survivors.

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 22

Namesort descending Service Branch
Lt(jg) Lawrence Sundin USN
RDM 2c Willard Vinal USN


Prepared by CAPT R.O. Strange USN (Ret)