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The United States Navy Memorial

Navy Memorial Honoring the Men & Women of the Sea Services



Ship Designation: 
Date Lost: 
Saturday, September 19, 1942
Torpedo Attack by Submarine U516
After leaving Takoradi on September 1st, the Wichita was never heard from again. The commander of the attacking submarine later reported that the ship went down in less than a minute after being hit.

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 50

Namesort ascending Service Branch
Chief Cook Cajus Kastrup USMM
Carpenter Benjamin Kane USMM
Wiper Verl Johnson USMM
O.S. Raymond Jean USMM
Deck Maint. Sverre Isaksen USMM
Sea 2c Robert Hulburt USN
Sea 2c Robert Hudson USN
Sea 1c Herman Hodke USN
O.S. Cecil Hart USMM
Messman Joseph Harrison USMM
Messman Thomas Harper USMM
Sea 2c Gail Hannold USN
Sea 2c Duane Glancy USN
Oiler Manuel Francis USMM
Messman Morris Fertman USMM
Utility Joseph Eisenhardt USMM
Jr. 3rd Mate Austin Dougherty USMM
A.B. Sikke Deyong USMM
Messman Thomas Decesare USMM
Sea 2c Alonzo Daugherty USN


A Careless Word, a Needless Sinking