This web site is dedicated to the memory of the officers and men who gave their lives in USS LANSDLALE DD426, a WWII destroyer, on the night of 20 April 1944 in the Mediterranean when she was sunk by a German aerial torpedo while escorting convoy UGS-38 from Gibraltar to Bizerte. The web site was posted originally in an effort to search for tin can sailors who served in her in order to inform them of plans for ship reunions. Indeed the web site served to account for over 40 shipmates. We continue to seek living shipmates as well as desiring to account for those who are deceased.
When the ship sank, the crew consisted of 282 officers and men of which 234 survived. Of the 49 casualties, 7 dead were buried at the North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial, Carthage, Tunisia, and 42 missing in action are memorialized there as well. As of 2008 we had the names and addresses of 74 living survivors plus 61 shipmates who debarked prior to the sinking. The Honor Roll contained the names of the 49 shipmates lost with Lansdale, plus 100 survivors and 101 others now dead. We had been unable to locate or account for 60 survivors.
If you are a shipmate or have information about anyone who served in USS LANSDALE DD426 at any time from her commissioning to her sinking, please contact us at the mailing or e-mail address below.
Reunions were held regularly beginning in 1992. The second reunion was held in 1994, the 50th anniversary of the sinking. That reunion was attended by 48 survivors, 19 shipmates who served in her prior to the sinking as well as 59 wives, family members, and friends.
The last reunion was held on 27-30 May 2004 in Washington, D.C., and was attended by 39 persons including 12 survivors, 4 shipmates who served prior to the sinking, as well as wives, family members and friends. The highlight of the reunion was the dedication service of the WWII Memorial held on the Mall on Saturday afternoon, 29 May. Saturday morning the reunion attended a memorial service in the National Cathedral. Other reunion activities included the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum at Dulles Airport, lunch at Old Ebbet's Grille and the Navy Memorial on Pensylvania Ave. A memorial service for deceased shipmates was held during the Thursday dinner hour.
We continue to search for shipmates and family members of shipmates in the hope of accounting for all shipmates whether living or deceased.
No reunion is planned at this time. Whenever a reunion is scheduled, the time and place will be published here as soon as the information is available.
On September 17, 2010, seventy years had passed since Mrs. Ethyl Lansdale christened USS LANSDALE DD426, the second destroyer to bear her husband's name. That afternoon, LANSDALE was placed in commission with Cdr. John D. Connor, USN taking command.
For the Veteran's Day 2008 issue of my newspaper, The Berkshire Eagle, Pittsfield, MA, I wrote a story of the events on the night of 20 April 1944, and the sinking of LANSDALE. Click here for The Story of USS Lansdale DD426.
Click the link at bottom of this page for all available official Navy photographs of LANSDALE as well as photographs of previous reunions and of the North Africa American Cemetery, Carthage, Tunisia
Anne Marie Allison
31 Birds Hill Ave.
Needham, MA 02429-4229
Send e-mail to Chuck Wales at email@example.com
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