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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
Messman Ellis Morris USMM
Sea 1c Thomas Murphy USN
Sea 1c Daniel Murphy USN
A.B. Irvin Myers USMM
A.B. Bent Nielsen USMM
Sea 1c Walter Novak USN
Sea 1c Joseph Obrien USN
A.B. Svend Olufson USMM
Sea 1c Gustave Pashkoff USN
Sea 1c Victor Pezzottini USN
Deck Cadet David Pitzely USMM
GM 3c Rathka Prince USN
Engine Cadet James Province USMM
Sea 1c Philip Puckman USN
Sea 1c John Ramsell USN
Sea 1c Nicholas Reda USN
1st Engineer Erwin Rehm USMM
Sea 1c Albert Shedlowsky USN
A.B. Charles Shipelis USMM
O.S. William Smedley USMM


A Careless Word, A Needless Sinking