SMN Wesley Raymond Aseltine

SMN Wesley Raymond Aseltine

Vermont, USA
Death 10 Mar 1943
At Sea
Memorial Site* Manhattan, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA

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Wesley served as a Seaman First Class & Armed Guard, S.S. James Sprunt, U.S. Navy during World War II.

He resided in Burlington, Chittenden County, Vermont prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Navy on September 22, 1941 in Springfield, Massachusetts.

The S.S. James Sprunt was a steam merchant ship enroute from Charleston, South Carolina with a final destination of Karachi, India as part of convey "KG-123".

On March 10, 1943 convey "KG-123" was attacked twice by German Submarine U-185.

The first attack occurred at 05:57 off Cape Maysi, Cuba and during that attack they sunk the S.S. Virginia Sinclair with a loss of 7 of their crew.

At 09:09 hours U-185 attacked the convoy a second time southeast of Guantanamo Bay and this time the target was the "S.S. James Sprunt".

The "Sprunt", which was on it's maiden voyage, was hit by one torpedo that caused her cargo to explode and the ship to completely disappeared in 30 seconds. The entire crew of "69" perished in this attack.

Wesly was declared "Missing In Action" in this sinking during the war.

He was awarded the Purple Heart.

Service # 6660169

His guardian was noted as Mr. William R. Gasson.

Note: The S.S. Virginia Sinclair was later scuttled.

Bio by:
Russell S. "Russ" Pickett


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