Farmer, Roscoe L, Sr., S2c

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Seaman Second Class
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1943-1943, SD-0000, USS Liscome Bay (CVE-56)
Service Years
1943 - 1943
Seaman Second Class

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South Coatesville, PA
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Roscoe is remembered on the tables of the Missing in Action and Buried at Sea at the Honolulu Memorial in Hawaii.

Casualty Date
Nov 24, 1943
Hostile, Died
Drowned, Suffocated
World War II
Location of Interment
Buried at Sea, Pacific Ocean
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  1943-1943, SD-0000, USS Liscome Bay (CVE-56)

Seaman Second Class

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August / 1943

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November / 1943

USS Liscome Bay (CVE-56) Unit Page

Seaman Second Class


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 USS Liscome Bay (CVE-56) Details

USS Liscome Bay (CVE-56)
Hull number CVE-56

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Escort Aircraft Carrier

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Last Updated: Dec 16, 2010
Memories For This Unit

Worst Moment

On 23 November, I-175 arrived off Makin. The temporary task group, built around Rear Admiral Henry M. Mullinnix three escorts - Liscome Bay, Coral Sea and Corregidor - was steaming 20 miles southwest of Butaritari Island at 15 knots. At 0430 on 24 November, reveille was made in Liscome Bay. The ship went to routine general quarters at 0505 as flight crews prepared their planes for dawn launchings.

There was no warning of a submarine in the area until about 0510 when a lookout shouted: "Here comes a torpedo!" The torpedo struck abaft the after engine room and hit the aircraft bomb stockpile, causing a major explosion engulfing the entire vessel and sending shrapnel out 5,000 yards. "It didn't look like a ship at all", wrote Lieutenant John C. W. Dix, communications officer on Hoel, "We thought it was an ammunition dump....She just went whoom -- an orange ball of flame."

At 0533, Liscome Bay listed to starboard and sank, carrying 53 officers and 591 enlisted men -- including Admiral Mullinix, Captain Wiltsie, and famous Pearl Harbor survivor Cook Third Class Doris Miller, down with her. Only 272 of her crew of 916 were rescued by Morris, Hughes and Hull.

Counting the sailors who went down with the carrier, American casualties of the assault on Makin exceeded the strength of the entire Japanese garrison of that island. Future legal scholar Robert Keeton, then a Navy lieutenant, survived the attack.

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14 Members Also There at Same Time
USS Liscome Bay (CVE-56)

Wiltsie, Irving Day, CAPT, (1921-1943) OFF 131X Captain
Crommelin, John G., RADM, (1923-1950) OFF 131X Commander
Carroll, Wells Worth, LCDR, (1915-1943) OFF 144X Lieutenant Commander
Blair, Foster John, CDR, (1941-1966) OFF 131X Lieutenant
Sachs, Benjamin, CPO, (1930-1943) YN YN-0000 Chief Petty Officer
Miller, Doris (Dorie), PO3, (1939-1943) MAT MATT-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Jacobs, Robert, PO2 SK SK-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Aden, Laurent Somers, PO3, (1942-1943) AM AM-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Adkins, Richard Carl, PO3, (1942-1943) MM MM-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Culley, Edgar, S1c, (1942-1943) S1c S1c-0000 Seaman 1st Class
Roberts, James Peary, S1c, (1942-1943) S1c S1c-0000 Seaman 1st Class
Hollister, Richard, SN, (1943-1943) Seaman
Hollister, William, SN, (1943-1953) Seaman
Hutton, Carl Lee, S2c, (1943-1943) BM Seaman Second Class

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