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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
MOMM 1c Henry Keating USN
TM 3c Theodore Keener USN
TM 3c Laurence Kidwell USN
RM 2c Frederick Kisman USN
MOMM 1c Clayton Landon USN
F 1c Frank Lindsay USN
EM 3c Carl Lovett USN
MOMM 2c Donald Mann USN
EM 3c Ramsey Mcconnell USN
EM 3c Warren Mcdonald USN
MOMM 1c Melvin Mcfadden USN
RM 2c John Moffitt USN
F 1c Charles Muoio USN
F 1c Eugene Nicholas USN
RT 1c Allen Nopper USN
EM 1c Clifton Pattee USN
EM 2c Matthew Pawlik USN
Lt(jg) Richard Petersen USN
EM 3c Fred Reger USN
EM 2c Carl Rehn USN


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