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The United States Navy Memorial

Navy Memorial Honoring the Men & Women of the Sea Services



Ship Designation: 
Date Lost: 
Sunday, March 26, 1944
Runaway Torpedo Explosion
Tullibee arrived on her station off Palau for a fourth patrol on March 25, 1944. The next day, despite poor visibility in squally weather, she spotted a convoy of three freighters/troop carriers and three escorts. She made several approaches on the surface but was unable to see the targets. ... Since she had an acceptable fire control solution, she finally fired two torpedoes blind. A minute later, a tremendous explosion occurred. The single survivor, who was blown off the bridge, stated after the war that this was not due to any action by the escorts, since they were not in the vicinity. He was convinced that the explosion resulted from a circular run by one of Tullibee’s own torpedoes.

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 80

Namesort descending Service Branch
Sea 1c Paul Abnet USN
TM 3c William Anderson USN
QM 1c Don Arnold USN
QM 2c John Barcoozy USN
MOMM 2c Russell Beehler USN
MOMM 2c John Betsill USN
SC 2c Lionel Blanchard USN
Cdr Charles Brindupke USN
TM 3c Melvin Britt USN
SM 1c Albert Brocklesby USN
MOMM 2c John Brown USN
Sea 2c Nugent Burasco USN
Ens David Butler USN
MOMM 3c Frank Ciraldo USN
TM 2c Joseph Clay USN
F 1c George Clifford USN
TM 3c Lomon Crane USN
EM 2c Russell Crossman USN
MOMM 2c Hugh Deetz USN
RM 1c Charles Degenhardt USN


Prepared by: J.P.O’Hara, CDR, USN (Ret.)