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The United States Navy Memorial

Navy Memorial Honoring the Men & Women of the Sea Services



Tuesday, October 13, 1942
U-Boat Attack near Greenland
While en route to Wales, SS Susana was torpedoed by U-221 325 miles south of Cape Farewell, Greenland. The ship's stern began sinking almost immediately after the torpedo struck. Seas were so rough it was almost impossible to launch lifeboats, one lifeboat got away. Although the British Rescue Ship SS Gothland arrived on scene in about an hour the rough sea ands swells prevented Gothland from lowering a lifeboat. The Captain maneuvered his ship carefully among the survivors allowing his crew to haul them aboard in a valiant effort.

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 37

Namesort descending Service Branch
Sea 2c Jack Finley USN
Sea 1c Jack Gipson USN
CBM William Grimaldi USN
2nd Engineer William Hals USMM
Sea 1c Griffin Haynes USN
A.B. D. Jumalon USMM
Sea 2c Gust Kandas USN
A.B. Benito Laceras USMM
Messman George Llanera USMM
Storekeeper Alf Nielsen USMM
Oiler Olaf Olsen USMM
GM 3c Edward Phillips USN
Sea 1c Robert Price USN
Sea 2c Luther Rice USN
Radio Officer Dionisio Ruiz USMM
Bosun Eugenio Senogal USMM
Wiper Cecil Tangonan USMM