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 Homer B. Sumner

Homer B. Sumner

Birth
Death 26 Sep 1918 (aged 17)
England
Burial Dade City, Pasco County, Florida, USA
Memorial ID 9016037 · View Source
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World War I: Along with Wamboldt Sumner, killed in action aboard the USS Tampa in Bristol Channel, England.

Notes on the sinking of the USS Tampa:

On the evening of 26 September 1918, Tampa having acted as ocean escort for a convoy from Gibraltar to the United Kingdom, proceeded toward the port of Milford Haven, Wales. At 8:45 p.m. a loud explosion was heard. Tampa failed to arrive at her destination and a search was made for her by U.S. destroyers and British patrol craft. A small amount of wreckage identified as belonging to the cutter and two unidentified bodies in naval uniforms were found. It was believed that Tampa was sunk by a German submarine. Every officer and enlisted man on board Tampa perished. There were 115 in all, 111 of whom were Coast Guard personnel. With the exception of U.S.S. Cyclops, whose fate has never been ascertained, this was the largest loss of life incurred by any U.S. naval unit during the war. The British Admiralty wrote to Rear Admiral William Sims, USN:

"Their Lordships desire me to express their deep regret at the loss of the U.S.S. Tampa. Her record since she has been employed in European waters as an escort to convoys has been remarkable. She has acted in the capacity of ocean escort to no less than 18 convoys from Gibraltar comprising 350 vessels, with a loss of only 2 ships through enemy action. The commanders of the convoys have recognized the ability with which the Tampa carried out the duties of ocean escort. Appreciation of the good work done by the U.S.S. Tampa may be some consolation to those bereft and Their Lordships would be glad if this could be conveyed to those concerned."


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  • Maintained by: Darlene Cline
  • Originally Created by: Rattlebox
  • Added: 30 Jun 2004
  • Find A Grave Memorial 9016037
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Homer B. Sumner (31 Dec 1900–26 Sep 1918), Find A Grave Memorial no. 9016037, citing Dade City Cemetery, Dade City, Pasco County, Florida, USA ; Maintained by Darlene Cline (contributor 47826090) .