|Birth: ||Jun. 15, 1921|
|Death: ||Jan. 3, 1944, At Sea|
USNR WORLD WAR II
Ensign Albert P. Gross MIA/KIA
Captain: Lt/Cdr. Henry S. Wygant Jr. MIA/KIA
Ship: USS Turner (DD-648)(Explosion)
Mission: convoy duty
Loss Date: 3-Jan-1944,
Location: off Ambrose Light
Fate: suffered a series internal explosions caused her to capsize and sink
Complement: 16 officers, 260 enlisted
Following ten days in port, the warship conducted ASW exercises briefly at Casco Bay before returning to Norfolk to join another transatlantic convoy. She departed Norfolk with her third and final convoy on 23 November and saw the convoy safely across the Atlantic. On 1 January 1944, near the end of the return voyage, that convoy split into two parts according to destination as Turner's previous one had done. Turner joined the New York-bound contingent and shaped a course for that port. She arrived off Ambrose Light late on 2 January and anchored.
Early the following morning, the destroyer suffered a series of shattering internal explosions. By 06:50, she took on a 16° starboard list; and explosions, mostly in the ammunition stowage areas, continued to stagger the stricken destroyer. Then, at about 07:50, a singularly violent explosion caused her to capsize and sink. The tip of her bow remained above water until about 08:27 when she disappeared completely taking with her 15 officers and 123 men. After nearby ships picked up the survivors of the sunken destroyer, the injured were taken to the hospital at Sandy Hook, New Jersey. A United States Coast Guard Sikorsky HNS-1 flown by Lieutenant Commander Frank A. Erickson — the first use of a helicopter in a life-saving role — flew two cases of blood plasma, lashed to the helicopter's floats, from New York to Sandy Hook. The plasma saved the lives of many of Turner's injured crewmen. Turner's name was stricken from the Naval Vessel Register on 8 April 1944.
Ensign Gross appearsTablets of the Missing East Coast Memorial New York City. He also has a cenotaph memorial Arlington National Cemetery Arlington Virginia, his body was never recovered.
Visit the virtual cemetery of USS Turner (DD-648)
Ensign USN Destroyer USS Turner Sank Atlantic Jan 3, 1944
Note: In Memoriam "Cenotaph"
Holy Cross Cemetery
Plot: Section 18
Maintained by: John Dowdy
Originally Created by: Vickie Clark
Record added: Oct 27, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 22483256
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