Amrhein, James F., RM2c

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Last Rank
Petty Officer Second Class (E-5)
Last Primary Designator/NEC
RM-0000-Radioman
Last Rating/NEC Group
Radioman
Primary Unit
1943-1944, RM-0000, USS Turner (DD-648)
Service Years
1942 - 1944
RM-Radioman

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Year of Birth
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Casualty Date
Jan 03, 1944
 
Cause
Non Hostile- Died Other Causes
Reason
Other Explosive Device
Location
North Atlantic Ocean
Conflict
World War II
Location of Interment
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 Duty Stations
US Navy
  1943-1944, RM-0000, USS Turner (DD-648)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1945 World War II
  1943-1943 European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Convoy Duty / East Bound Atlantic Transit
  1943-1943 European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Convoy Duty / East Bound Atlantic Transit
  1943-1943 European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Convoy Duty / East Bound Atlantic Transit
  1943-1943 European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Convoy Duty / East Bound Atlantic Transit
  1943-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater
  1943-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater
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Last Known Activity

The warship conducted ASW exercises briefly at Casco Bay (an inlet of the Gulf of Maine on the southern coast of Maine, New England), before returning to Norfolk to join another transatlantic convoy. She departed Norfolk with her third and final convoy on 23 November and saw the convoy safely across the Atlantic. On 1 January 1944, near the end of the return voyage, that convoy split into two parts according to destination as Turner's previous one had done. Turner joined the New York-bound contingent and shaped a course for that port. She arrived off Ambrose Light late on 2 January and anchored.

 

While the ship was at anchor just outside the submarine net that protected New York Harbor on the morning of January 3rd, 1944, the destroyer suffered a series of shattering internal explosions. By 06:50, she took on a 16- degree starboard list; and explosions mostly in the ammunition stowage areas - continued to stagger the stricken destroyer.

   
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Then, at 07:42, a singularly violent explosion caused her to capsize and sink. The tip of her bow remained above water until about 08:27 when she disappeared completely taking with her 15 officers and 123 crewmen, including Commander Wygant, her captain.

 

After nearby ships picked up the survivors of the sunken destroyer, the injured were taken to the hospital at Sandy Hook. A Coast Guard Sikorsky HNS-1 flown by Lt. Comdr. F. A. Erickson, USCG - in the first use of a helicopter in a life saving role - flew two cases of blood plasma, lashed to the helicopter's floats, from New York to Sandy Hook. The plasma saved the lives of many of Turner's injured crewmen. Turner's name was struck from the Navy list on 8 April 1944.

   
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