The Watering Hole: October 31 – USS Ruben James

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On this date in 1941 the USS Ruben James, hull number DD-245, was sunk by U-552 off of Iceland while on convoy escort duty. She was the first US Navy ship to go down as a result of enemy action in WWII (This is disputed by devotees of the USS Panay Incident.)

Woodie Guthrie wrote this tribute to the victims from the Ruben James:

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