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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 ascending Service Branch
Radio Officer Orren Wischebrink USMM
Lt(jg) William Warnock USN
Sea 1c Howard Versteegh USN
Sea 1c Donald Sundin USN
Oiler Norman Sorensen USMM
O.S. William Smedley USMM
A.B. Charles Shipelis USMM
Sea 1c Albert Shedlowsky USN
1st Engineer Erwin Rehm USMM
Sea 1c Nicholas Reda USN
Sea 1c John Ramsell USN
Sea 1c Philip Puckman USN
Engine Cadet James Province USMM
GM 3c Rathka Prince USN
Deck Cadet David Pitzely USMM
Sea 1c Victor Pezzottini USN
Sea 1c Gustave Pashkoff USN
A.B. Svend Olufson USMM
Sea 1c Joseph Obrien USN
Sea 1c Walter Novak USN


A Careless Word, A Needless Sinking