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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
CGM Thomas Delaney USN
Sea 2c Clifford Douglas USN
LCdr Greer Duncan USN
SC 1c Edward Dzik USN
Std 1c LeRoy Ellis USN
Lt(jg) William Evans USN
Sea 1c Edward Farley USN
TM 2c William Frank USN
MOMM 1c Clarence Gage USN
Sea 1c Donald Graham USN
RT 1c Raymond Grenier USN
FC 2c John Grosz USN
MOMM 3c Marvin Hall USN
F 1c Charles Heath USN
F 1c Francis Henkel USN
TM 2c Carl Hicks USN
EM 1c Louis Hieronimus USN
Sea 1c William Hoefler USN
LCdr Henry Irwin USN
CMOMM Wilmont Joder USN


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