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Theodore Dunn Southerland
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Birth: Apr. 4, 1924
Duplin County
North Carolina, USA
Death: Nov. 24, 1943
Gilbert Islands, Kiribati

He was serving on board the U.S.S. Liscome Bay which was sunk in capture of the Gilbert Islands

Steaming in formation at 15 knots about 20 miles Southwest of Makin Island in the early morning of November 24th, 1943, the Linscome Bay and her crew were preparing to begin morning flight operations when a lookout on the Starboard side shouted "Here comes a torpedo!" at 05:10hrs. The single torpedo, fired from the Japanese Submarine I-175 struck the Linscome Bay in her Starboard Stern, just aft of her engine room. Shortly after the impact and just the ship wallowed back to an even keel, a second larger detonation rocked the ship, likely from her aircraft bomb magazine exploding. All power on the ship was lost and she began to list heavily to Starboard, large fires burning all over the Stern half of the ship. The crew that had survived the explosions needed no orders to abandon the ship, as she listed more and more to Starboard, more ammunition began to cook off and the fully fueled planes in her hanger began to catch fire. As crew scrambled over the side into the water, the Linscome Bay suddenly rolled onto her Starboard side and sank Stern-first in this general area at 05:33hrs on November 24th, 1943.

While 294 of her crew were able to escape the ship, 644 men went down with her. 
Family links: 
  Alexander Southerland (1889 - 1970)
  Mary Jimmie Dunn Southerland (1891 - 1964)
  Infant Girl Southerland (1921 - 1921)*
  Infant boy Southerland (1922 - 1922)*
  Theodore Dunn Southerland (1924 - 1943)
*Calculated relationship
Note: Cenotaph
Rockfish Presbyterian Church Cemetery
Duplin County
North Carolina, USA
Created by: John Evans
Record added: Aug 13, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 57004829
Theodore Dunn Southerland
Added by: John Evans
Theodore Dunn Southerland
Added by: Darlene Moyle
Theodore Dunn Southerland
Added by: John Evans
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