Escanaba sank 75 years ago today

The sinking of the USCGC Escanaba dominated Page 1 of the Grand Haven Daily Tribune on June 18, 1943.

It’s been 75 years to the day since the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Escanaba sank to the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean. 

Early on the morning of June 13, 1943, while serving as a convoy escort, the Escanaba hit either a mine or a torpedo and quickly sank. The ship went down with a crew of 105 on board, and 103 of those perished, while two — Boatswain's Mate 2nd Class Melvin A. Baldwin and Seaman 1st Class Raymond F. O'Malley, Jr. — were rescued. 

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