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William H. Welch

Ship Designation: 
Date Lost: 
Saturday, February 26, 1944
Heavy Seas at Fura Island
The Liberty Ship William H. Welch was driven aground by heavy seas. The ship broke in two. Heavy seas prevented lifeboats from being launched.

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 35

Name Service Branchsort descending
Utility Vernon Reeb USMM
A.B. Arie Don USMM
Utility Victor Roman USMM
A.B. Jack Epperson USMM
Utility George Rusty USMM
Chief Mate Arthur Furnis USMM
A.B. Henrik Sellstrom USMM
3rd Cook Cecil Garcia USMM
Radio Officer Sam Spiegel USMM
Jr. Engineer Charles Holton USMM
O.S. Olaf Stoneman USMM
3rd Mate Frank Hoyer USMM
A.B. William Taber USMM
Oiler Klemens Hupa USMM
2nd Cook Ronald Thompson USMM


A Careless Word A Needless Sinking