USS Turner (DD-648)

Casualty List

Navy US Navy
Type Destroyer
Class Bristol 
Pennant DD 648 
Built by Federal Shipbuilding & Drydock Co. (Kearny, New Jersey, U.S.A.) 
Laid down 15 Nov 1942 
Launched 28 Feb 1943 
Commissioned 16 Apr 1943 
Lost 3 Jan 1944 
Loss position Sandy Hook, New Jersey,
History After returning from her third convoy duty, the Turner was anchored off Sandy Hook, New Jersey waiting to go to the Brooklyn Navy Yard for repairs. the next morning, a series of unknown explosions rocked her ammunition storage areas, turning the ship into an inferno. Another explosion ripped the bottom out of the Turner and she sank by the stern taking with her 139  of the crew however 167 survived and were rescued by the USS Inch/Swasey and USCG boats. The commanding officer was amongst those lost and many of the survivors were wounded after being taken to the hospital at Sandy Hook, many of them were saved by blood plasma being flown in from New York by helicopter !