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William D. Burnham

Ship Designation: 
Date Lost: 
Thursday, November 23, 1944
U-Boat Attack off Cherbourg France
The Liberty Ship, SS William D. Burnham was torpedoed by U-978 while en route to Cherbourg, France. After being struck by two torpedoes, the ship was taken in tow by Navy Tug ATR-3 and beached at the Grand Roads, Cherbourg. ... Rescue efforts were aided by Navy boat PT-461 HMS Figot and HMS Vesper.

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 17

Namesort descending Service Branch
Deck Engineer Clarence Douville USMM
SM 3c Troy Fillers USN
Chief Cook John Guy USMM
F/W Eugene Hanney USMM
O.S. Sherman Jordan USMM
Oiler John Kertenis USMM
3rd Engineer Robert Levans USMM
3rd Mate Lester Major USMM
BM 2c Roy Mercer USN
Carpenter Frank Pavia USMM
Sea 1c Robert Pieretti USN
Sea 1c Daniel Scarzella USN
Sea 1c William Schaefer USN
Sea 1c Lawrence Seeger USN
Sea 1c Stewart Stokes USN
Sea 1c Fred Wilson USN
Sea 1c James Wortz USN
A Careless Word A Needless Sinking