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William Ruwell

U.S. Navy, USS Mississinewa (AO-59)
Pacific Theater


Tuesday, May 22nd
Sinking of U.S. Navy Oiler, AO-59

Bill Ruwell will talk about his experiences as part of the crew of the U.S. Navy ship U.S.S. Mississinewa, a 11,316 ton fleet oiler. On November 20, 1944, while at anchor off the Ulithi Atoll, South Pacific Ocean, loaded with oil, the AO-59 was hit and sunk by a Japanese two-man midget submarine, with two suicide torpedos. Bill survived the catastrophic explosions and subsequent sinking of his ship. Casualties: 3 officers and 47 enlisted men.



The USS Mississinewa (AO-59)
The USS Mississinewa burning