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 Ralph Cecil White

Ralph Cecil White

Birth
Death 10 Sep 1943
At Sea
Burial Manhattan, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
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Memorial ID 89907364 · View Source
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US COAST GUARD WORLD WAR II
Seaman Apprentice, Ralph C. White MIA/KIA
Hometown: Connecticut
Ship: USCGC MUSKEGET WAG-48
Service # 553887
Awards: Purple Heart, European - African - Middle Eastern Campaign Medal
Captain: Lt. Comander Charles E. Toft

Mission: North Atlantic Weather Patrol
Mission Date: 9-Sep-42
Location: Boston - Iceland
Cause: Torpedoed U-755
Complement:
34 merchant seamen
9 commissioned officers,
107 enlisted men, 1 Public Health Service officer,
4 U.S. Weather Service employees

Crew: of 121 MIA/KIA

Officers and crew of USS Muskeget (WAG 48) were lost At 15.16 hours on 9 September 1942 when U-755 fired a spread of three torpedoes at an auxiliary vessel and heard two hits, followed by sinking noises. This must have been the USS Muskeget (WAG 48). All men on board were lost: nine officers, 107 ratings, one Public Health Service officer and four civilian US Weather Service employees officially declared KIA 1 year and a day later in September 1943.

Built as American steam merchant Cornish for Eastern SS Lines Inc, Boston MA and served on the Great Lakes. On 29 Dec, 1941 acquired by the US Navy and converted to the auxiliary patrol yacht USS YAG-9 by the Sullivan Drydock & Repair Co, New York. The vessel was armed with one 4in, one 3in and four 20mm guns and two depth charge tracks and commissioned on 3 Jan, 1942. She was assigned to the Third Naval District and used for patrol duty off New York until renamed and reclassified USS Muskeget (AG 48) on 30 May 1942.

On 1 Jul, 1942, transferred to the US Coast Guard, reclassified as USS Muskeget (WAG 48) and assigned to the station at Boston for duty as weather ship in the Weather Observation Patrol. The ship then patrolled on Weather Station No. 2 (53°N/42°30W) from 6 to 27 July.

Notes on event
On 24 Aug, 1942, the USS Muskeget (WAG 48) departed for her second patrol as weather ship on the Weather Station No. 2 (53°N/42°30W) and sent weather reports until 9 September, but then no further messages were received. When the weather ship USS Monomoy (WAG 275) failed to locate her on relief four days later, a combined search by aircraft and ships was carried out on 16 September, but proved fruitless and the ship was reported missing.

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  • Maintained by: John Dowdy
  • Originally Created by: ShaneO
  • Added: 10 May 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 89907364
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Ralph Cecil White (unknown–10 Sep 1943), Find A Grave Memorial no. 89907364, citing East Coast Memorial, Manhattan, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA ; Maintained by John Dowdy (contributor 47791572) .