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 Ernest William “Shiek” Vincent

Ernest William “Shiek” Vincent

Birth
Death 12 Jun 1943 (aged 26)
At Sea
Burial Manhattan, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
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Memorial ID 91366260 · View Source
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US Navy WORLD WAR II
Motor Machinist's Mate 2nd Class, Ernest W. Vincent MIS/KIS
Hometown: Plainfield, Connecticut
Ship: USS R-12 (SS-89)
Service #2072673
Awards: American Campaign Medal,
Captain: Lt. Edward Ellis Shelby

Mission: Training mission
Mission Date: 12-Jun-43
Location: Off Key West, Florida
Cause: Foundered on a training mission
Crew: of 46 officers and men 42 MIS/KIS

Motor Machinist's Mate Vincent was killed when shortly after noon on 12 June 1943, R-12 while underway to conduct a torpedo practice approach, sounded her last diving alarm. As R-12 completed preparations to dive, the forward battery compartment began to flood. The collision alarm was sounded and a report was made that the forward battery compartment was flooding. Orders were given to blow main ballast, but the sea was faster. In about 15 seconds, R-12 was lost. The commanding officer, one other officer, and three enlisted men were swept from the bridge as the boat sank and were rescued. Forty-two lives were lost. R-12 was stricken from the Naval Vessel Register on 6 July.

History
Her keel was laid down by the Fore River Shipbuilding Company of Quincy, Massachusetts on 28 March 1918. She was launched on 15 August 1919 sponsored by Miss Helen Mack.
On 1 July 1940, R-12 recommissioned and shifted to New London to complete activation. Recommissioned in full on 16 October, she sailed for Panama on 10 December, arrived on 23 December, and into October 1941, patrolled the approaches to the Panama Canal. On 31 October, she returned to New London and for the next three months operated off the New England coast. In February 1942, she commenced patrols to the south and for the next year operated primarily from Guantanamo Bay and Key West, Florida. In March and April 1943, she was back at New London, then in May she returned to Key West, Florida, where she trained submariners for the remainder of her career.

Discovery
Sometime before 25 May 2011, an exploration team led by Tim Taylor aboard the expedition vessel "RV Tiburon" located and documented the wreck of the World War II submarine USS R-12. The reason for her loss remains unknown. In making the discovery, the team deployed a state of the art autonomous underwater robot which collected first ever imagery of the remains of R-12. They are collaborating and sharing their findings with the US Navy. RV Tiburon intends to launch an future expedition to further investigate the possible causes of the sinking, and collect detailed archeological baseline data.

Lost aboard R-12 was Lieutenant Commander Alberto Gonçalves Rosauro de Almeida and Lieutenant Commander Julio Lima de Moura of the Brazilian Navy - to observe the torpedo firing exercise. Both were posthumously promoted to Capitão de Corveta.

Survivors - Lt. Edward Ellis Shelby LTJG William D. Whetstone, Edward Felix Zielinski ,Sydney Herbert Pool, John Kapral

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  • Maintained by: John Dowdy
  • Originally Created by: ShaneO
  • Added: 5 Jun 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 91366260
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Ernest William “Shiek” Vincent (2 Apr 1917–12 Jun 1943), Find A Grave Memorial no. 91366260, citing East Coast Memorial, Manhattan, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA ; Maintained by John Dowdy (contributor 47791572) .