Lt JG David E Crais – Class of 1942

Lt Crais was killed when the USS BUCK sank off the coast of Salerno Italy.
While on patrol off Salerno, Italy, on 9 October, USS Buck was ambushed just after midnight by German submarine U-616 and hit forward starboard by at least one and possibly two torpedoes. The warship flooded quickly, settling down forward and sinking within four minutes. Although most of the depth charges were set to safe before the destroyer was abandoned, a severe underwater explosion killed andwounded sailors in the water. Spotted by friendly aircraft the next morning, 97 survivors were rescued by Gleaves (DD-423) and the British LCT-170 the following evening. Read more at wrecksite: https://www.wrecksite.eu/wreck.aspx?97478

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