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The United States Navy Memorial

Navy Memorial Honoring the Men & Women of the Sea Services


West Portal

Ship Designation: 
Date Lost: 
Friday, February 5, 1943
U-Boat Attack in the North Atlantic
The Freighter SS West Portal was torpedoed by U-413 in the North Atlantic while en convoy from New York to Liverpool England. ... The ship had straggled away from the convoy when she was sunk. Neither the ship nor the crew were ever seen again.

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 65

Namesort descending Service Branch
Bosun Alexis Bigelow USMM
Wiper George Bikowski USMM
Oiler Stig Borgqvist USMM
GM 3c Robert Branch USN
Chief Steward Dixie Burton USMM
Messman George Chapman USMM
Sea 1c Peter Coccoro USN
2nd Mate Harmon Coe USMM
Sea 1c Joseph Collins USN
Wiper John Detiska USMM
Messman Morris Dickoff USMM
Sea 1c Harold Donnelly USN
Sea 1c Marvin Ebbert USN
Sea 1c Harry Edelmayer USN
Sea 1c Jack Epstein USN
Sea 1c John Fedelen USN
F/W John Finn USMM
Sea 1c William Fiore USN
3rd Mate Daniel Fitzpatrick USMM
Sea 1c Anthero Freitas USN


A Careless Word, A Needless Sinking