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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 ascending Service Branch
Lt(jg) John Wood USN
FC 3c Harold Wiser USN
LCdr David Wilson USN
TM 3c Robert Wendt USN
StM 1c Ripley Washington USN
SM 3c George Wallis USN
Y 2c John Wagner USN
TM 3c Paul Vigeant USN
RM 3c Stanley Trytko USN
CEM George Ticknor USN
PhM 1c Henry Thacker USN
TM 1c Arthur Symkiewicz USN
CMOMM Hugh Sullivan USN
Sea 2c Howard Strachan USN
EM 1c Kirk Stearns USN
F 1c Albert Smith USN
F 1c Howard Seibert USN
CCS Walter Schoenrock USN
Ens Powel Saterfield USN
MOMM 1c Robert Roby USN


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