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The United States Navy Memorial

Navy Memorial Honoring the Men & Women of the Sea Services



Ship Designation: 
Date Lost: 
Wednesday, February 18, 1942
Grounded off Newfoundland
Truxtun arrived at Reykavik on January 13, 1942 and, six days later, headed back to Argentia with Convoy ON-57. ... At 0415 on 18 February while acting as escort to Pollux (AK S-2) in Placentae Bay, Newfoundland, Truxtun ran aground on Ferryland Point. ... She broke up almost immediately after grounding and in spite of the heroic efforts of the local populace, lost 110 members of her crew to the elements.

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 100

Namesort ascending Service Branch
TM 3c Robert Wright USN
Sea 1c Paul Weidlich USN
CGM Joseph Vrabel USN
Matt 2c Billie Turner USN
MM 2c Milburn Troutner USN
FC 3c Roland Tinney USN
Ens Howard Taylor USN
Sea 2c Vincent Tarwater USN
MM 1c Simon Sypeck USN
Sea 2c Verlin Summer USN
MM 2c Lewis Stjohn USN
MM 2c Alfred Steller USN
Sea 1c Frank Smith USN
EM 3c Wade Sharp USN
EM 1c Szewczyk Sedgwick USN
Sea 1c Edward Samborek USN
GM 1c Maurice Ryckechem USN
F 3c Stanley Rooker USN
F 2c Joseph Richters USN
OC 1c Jacinto Ricafrente USN


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