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USS Bennington (CVA-20)

 
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Dead and Injured Lists - USS Bennington

 
The USS Bennington (CVA-20) was cruising in Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island, USA, on May 26, 1954 when a launching catapult exploded, killing 103 crewmen and injuring over 200 others.
 

[KWE Note: The following list was obtained from the USS Bennington website at www.uss-bennington.com.}

At 2111 hours, fifteen hours after the explosion, the first official dispatch to the Secretary of the Navy from the USS Bennington listed persons as having died in the explosion. The following lists were compiled from the official Court of Inquiry and were complete as of the early part of June 1954. Others surely died at later dates but are not listed here. Many other shipmates carry scars as a result of the explosion and the loss of shipmates.

List of Deceased:

  • Abrogust, George Albert, LT
  • Adams, Charles Edward, AN
  • Alexander,Cornelius Melroy, SD3
  • Arrigoni, Joseph F., LT
  • Bacon, Francis Sylvester, TN
  • Baird, Delbert, PFC
  • Barber, Cyron Melvin, LTJG
  • Barnes, Roger Earl, LTJG
  • Baskin, William Nash, AA
  • Bemiss, Guy Morton, CHPHOT
  • Boyd, Rossell (or Russell), AN
  • Bryan, Terry Willard, LTJG
  • Byers, George Washington, TN
  • Capistrand, Stanley Leo, CHPMLK
  • Coleman, Lloyd, TA
  • Cromartie, James, SD2
  • Davis, Prince Arthur, TN
  • Dean, Albert Penton, CHGUN
  • Demers, Raymond Conrad, RELE
  • Doll, Charles Joseph, SD2
  • Drew, Henry Jackson, LT
  • Duffy, Robert James, LTJG
  • Eovino, Dominick J., CHSCLK
  • Epps, Robert Daniel, Jr., AB3
  • Favre, Joseph Louis, TN
  • Fix, Leo Francis, CHBOSN
  • Fore, Fred Walter, FP3
  • Fournier, Paul Eugene, LCDR
  • Goins, Floyd Wilson, AOU3
  • Golaszewski, Edward John, AB1
  • Gonzales, Leon, SD3
  • Goodrum, Douglas, TN
  • Green, Jesse Nelson, AO3
  • Hackbarth, Thomas C., AO3
  • Hart, George Joseph, Jr., AB3
  • Hillyer, Donald Paul, DT2
  • Holloway, Delois Vergil, LT
  • Hooker, Alfred Punnel, SD3
  • Hopper, Charles Edward, LTJG
  • Hubetsel, Alexander, AO1
  • Hurd, James Walter, CHCARP
  • Hustoft, Harold Roger, ME3
  • Inge, Robert Paul, LTJG
  • Jackson, Billy Glen, LT
  • Jackson, Charles, SD3
  • Jefferson, Paul B., SN
  • Kane, Orlo Hamlin, LTJG
  • Keir, Richard Henry, AB3
  • King, Max, CHGUN
  • Kovino, Domenic Joseph, CHSCLK
  • Krassy, Charles Edward, ADE3
  • Lambdin, Dewey Whitley, LT
  • Lakatos, Albert "J", MM3
  • Lenz, George William, SK2
  • Lewis, Elliot Stanley, AO3
  • Loukis, H.I., (civilian from Westinghouse)
  • Marchiselli, Fredrick David, PFC
  • Martin, Ernest Simms, AM1
  • Matthais, Albert Joseph, EM3
  • Mayes, Bobby Lee, PFC
  • MCGhee, Charles Hunter, AN
  • MCNatt, Lloyd, CHMACH
  • Miller, Gordon R., LTJG
  • Mills, Arthur Gean, SN
  • Moody, Thaddeaus Eugene, AN
  • Morton, J. Clyde, LT
  • O'Donnell, Roger Raymond, LT
  • O'Neal, Walter Issiah, SN
  • Pendell, Emory Dean, ENS
  • Phelps, Donald Lee, LTJG MSC
  • Pramek, Francis Joseph, SN
  • Pugh, William Howard, PACT
  • Ramey, Jesse Herbert, EM2
  • Reed, Marvin, LCDR
  • Reyes, Juan, SD3
  • Rich, Wallace, LT
  • Riley, Claude Patrick, SK1
  • Rivers, Jesse Elmore, SD2
  • Robinson, Alto Lee, TN
  • Schmucker, Charles Edwin, Jr., LTJG
  • Sico, Benigno, SD2
  • Smith, Daniel Joseph, LT
  • Smith, Ralph C., AMC
  • Smith, Robert Kent, SD3
  • Sommars, Cantrell Wallace, IC3
  • Stanford, James T., PFC
  • Thomas, Clyde Dana, Jr., LT MC
  • Thomas, Eric Alfrado, SD1
  • Thornhill, David R., LTJG
  • Thornton, Earl Jr., CHSCLK
  • Tinney, Earl Crawford, AO3
  • Tondo, Paul S., LT
  • Triplet, Howard M., SD2
  • Van Der Hooning, John, AOC
  • Wages, Kelley Bruce, Jr., AB3
  • William, Willie, TN
  • Williams, Marion, TN
  • Willis, Herbert Lee, SD1
  • Witvoet, Gerald James, LTJG
  • Wonsetler, Paul Dallas, PT3
  • Woodrum, Lonnie Gene, TA
  • Wright, Henry Harold, Jr., SD3
  • Wright, Robert Reid, LT

List of Injured (The same listing of casualties provided the following individuals as injured):

  • Allen, Isaac, PFC
  • Andreason, Veryl L., SN
  • Anthony, Roger, TA
  • Banks, George J., AA
  • Baxter, Robert C., LTJG
  • Belmer, Richard G., SN
  • Berry, Robert Edmond, SN
  • Blamick, Joseph Emmanuel, IC2
  • Blossom, Robert S., SA
  • Bogumil, Valentine Bernard, QM2
  • Bower, George W., SN
  • Bowie, Marshall L., FT3
  • Brown, James Henry, SD3
  • Bruck, Ronald J., FN
  • Brukhead, Leslie G., IC3
  • Burnett, John Paul, LCDR
  • Carrier, Cecil K., Jr., AN
  • Caruthers, Adrain F., Jr., AO3
  • Charpentier, Alfred Paul, QM2
  • Chase, Nelvin, DC3
  • Cline, John D., ADAN
  • Cobb, George E., FP3
  • Cole, James M., FN
  • Collura, Nicholas, BT3
  • Covington, James S., SD1
  • Dickson, Richard H., H., MM3
  • Dobias, Andrew, SA
  • Donegan, Henry J., TN
  • Dorado, Arthur N., SN
  • Dougherty, William, AD3
  • Douglas, Jack C., AKAN
  • Duvall, John S., LTJG
  • Ferguson, Byron W., FT3
  • Flink, William H., AK
  • Foley, W., J., LTJG
  • Fortham, Earnest Almer, IC3
  • French, Robert D., LTJG
  • Garfinkle, Morton, SN
  • Gennarino, Lawrence J., SN
  • Gerrald, John D., Jr., BM1
  • Gerules, Ernest, ENS
  • Glenn, Clifton C., Jr., ET1
  • Green, Lee E., SD3
  • Grippe, Robert J., SN
  • Groff, Ralph, SN
  • Harris, Cecil I., SD1
  • Hatfield, Harold E., BT3
  • Highe, Leroy, Jr., SD1
  • Hollingsworth, Davis L., AOAN
  • Huling, Wade U., PFC
  • Hunter, Charles M., SN
  • Jenkins, Winston L., TA
  • Johnson, Charles Edward, TN
  • Johnson, Wilber H., TN
  • Jones, Sammie L., SD3
  • June, Daniel A., SN
  • Kaigler, Joe H., GM2
  • Keckler, Donald L., SN
  • Keeton, Davis R., SN
  • Lang, Arthur A. SK3
  • Lazar, George, AO3
  • Leboeuf, Joseph, SN
  • Lelle, Frank F., PR1
  • Lennox, Gernes J., LTJG
  • Litchfield, Earnest L., AN
  • Lintz, Thomas L., SN
  • Lomax, Prestley H., SN
  • Mader, Frank C., AMAN
  • Mallon, Richard J., LT
  • Maronry, Robert M., AN
  • Martin, Milton T., SN
  • Mayes, Arthur L., SD3
  • Mehlin, Donald D., SK3
  • Miller, Richard F., BM3
  • Mitchell, James D., SK3
  • Newby, John F., TN
  • Obrien, George W., TN
  • Ogle, Thomas J., AOAN
  • Olivarri, Alfredo, SA
  • Palmer, Carl H., FA
  • Parson, Dean A., SA
  • Paulson, Gerard, AN
  • Pennington, Harold J., RD3
  • Pfefferie, Robert Richard, IC2
  • Pickrell, Keith W., SN
  • Pittman, Shelly, LCDR
  • Popick, S., J., IC2
  • Prestige, Roy D., FT3
  • Reed, Donald L., CPL
  • Renneberg, George S., SN
  • Ricchiuto, John, SN
  • Robinson, George A., SD2
  • Ronegan, Henry J., TN
  • Severson, James D., FP3
  • Scarborough, William Henry, EMP3
  • Shambo, Earl T., FN
  • Sleeper, Henry E., AD1
  • Smith, Henry L., AN
  • Soucy, Rene C., PFC
  • Souva, Robert A., FN
  • Steeves, Clark A., SN
  • Surowic, David, AOAN
  • Svobda, Ray J., SA
  • Taylor, Samuel R., Jr., TN
  • Teague, Joe F., LT
  • Testagrose, Thomas J., TN
  • Valdez, Boni A., SN
  • Wade, Robert E., SK2
  • Wallace, Ross P., LT
  • Wallace, Staten G., AN
  • Warren, Ralph X., SK3
  • Wells, Frank M., LT
  • White, Calvin N., TN
  • Wisher, Frank, SD2
  • Wole, Elmer, ET1
  • Wollam, John S., LTJG
  • Wanne, James, IC2
  • Yanuskiewicz, John R., DC3

The final number of casualties as notes in the official history of ships state that there was a total of 304 casualties (103 dead and 201 injured). The above list was compiled from the official Court of Inquiry and documents dated through 6 June 1954 indicates a total of 139 injured and a total of 104 dead, or 234 casualties. There were undoubtedly some that died at a later date and are not reflected as such in this accounting.

 

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