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 Thomas Michael Vargoshe

Thomas Michael Vargoshe

Birth
Death 22 Jun 1943 (aged 33)
At Sea
Burial Stratford, Fairfield County, Connecticut, USA
Memorial ID 129848631 · View Source
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US Navy WORLD WAR II
Carpenter's Mate 1st Class Thomas M. Vargoshe KIA
Hometown: Bridgeport Connecticut
Service #
Awards: Purple Heart, Navy Good Conduct Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal
Captain:

Mission:Troop transport Convoy Elastic
Ship: USS LST-333
Type: Landing ship (LST-1)
Loss Date: 22-Jun-43
Cargo: Landing pontoons and troops
Location: 36.59N, 04.01E - Grid CH 954 coast of Algeria
Fate: A total loss by U-593 (Gerd Kelbling)
Complement: 288 officers and men (25 dead and 263 Survivors)

Notes on event

At 21.31 hours on 22 Jun, 1943, U-593 fired a spread of four torpedoes at the convoy Elastic about eight miles northeast of Cape Corbelin and hit the USS LST-333 and USS LST-387 with one torpedo each. The first was beached and declared a total loss, while the latter was towed to Dellys and later repaired. The torpedoeing of these two ships hampers the training for the forthcoming invasion of Sicily (Operation Husky).

The USS LST-333 was struck by the torpedo on the starboard side in the stern. The explosion demolished the stern section, carried away the screws and rudder and stopped the engines. About 20 minutes after the hit, the landing crafts USS LCT-244 and USS LCT-19 took the landing ship in tow and proceeded slowly towards the beach. After one hour, the submarine chaser USS SC-503 came alongside and took off 32 injured crew members and 24 injured passengers and brought them to Algiers. After five hours of towing, the stern of the landing craft came aground near Dellys. The crew and passengers were taken off by the landing craft and brought to Dellys. The USS LST-333 later sank during a salvage attempt on 6 July.

Crew LST-333
Harry Boatman
Milton W. Brazilian
Reid V. Cameron
Leo R. Decker
Albert J. Goba
Theodore R. Harris
Edward S. Lemire
Robert L. Moore
Peter E. Pielak
Clarence R. Pittinger
Walter E. Ross
Michael J. Scampoli
James C. Shoun
Gordon W. Shugart
Reece Starbuck
Ross L. Toler
Armandzar P. Vanasse
Thomas M. Vargoshe
Charlie R. Walton
Rutherford V. Wynne


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  • Created by: John Dowdy
  • Added: 15 May 2014
  • Find A Grave Memorial 129848631
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Thomas Michael Vargoshe (6 Sep 1909–22 Jun 1943), Find A Grave Memorial no. 129848631, citing Saint Michaels Cemetery, Stratford, Fairfield County, Connecticut, USA ; Maintained by John Dowdy (contributor 47791572) .