Today is the 92nd Anniversary of the sinking of the Cutter TAMPA by the German submarine UB-91 with the loss of all on board. This was reportedly the largest loss to enemy action suffered by US Naval Forces in WWI.
From the TAMPA’s page at the Coast Guard historian’s web site, “The dead included 111 Coast Guardsmen, four U.S. Navy men, a captain of the British Army and ten seamen of the Royal Navy, and five civilian employee dock workers. Admiral William S. Sims, the senior U.S. naval officer on duty in Great Britain, received the following letter from the Lords of the British Admiralty:
“‘Their Lordships desire me to express their deep regret at the loss of the USS TAMPA. Her record since she has been employed in European waters as an ocean escort to convoys has been remarkable. She has acted in capacity of ocean escort to no less than 18 convoys from Gibraltar, comprising 350 vessels, with a loss of only two ships through enemy action. The commanders of the convoys have recognized the ability with which the TAMPA carried out the duties of ocean escort. Appreciation of the good work done by the USS TAMPA may be some consolation to those bereft and Their Lordships would be glad if this could be conveyed to those concerned.'”
The Naval History and Heritage Command is also recognizing the loss of the TAMPA.
Satterlee Hall at the USCG Academy is named in honor of her captain, Charles Satterlee.
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There is more information on the successes UB-91 here: http://www.uboat.net/wwi/boats/index.html?boat=UB+91
And a description of this class of U-Boats here (They were the basis of the design for the most common U-boats of WWII): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/German_Type_UB_III_submarine
There is a short biography of Captain Satterlee here (amazing how much time he spent at sea): http://www.spanamwar.com/USRCSSatterlee.htm
This wasn’t the Coast Guard’s greatest loss of life in a single incident. That would be the Liberty ship Serpens, blown up in an accidental explosion at Guadalcanal Canal in 1945. http://cgblog.org/2010/01/29/remembering-the-uss-serpens-ak-97/
Both have memorials at Arlington.
The US Coast Guard Memorial commemorating the Tampa, 11 men from the Seneca, and 75 others: http://www.hmdb.org/marker.asp?MarkerID=15386
The Serpens Memorial: http://www.hmdb.org/marker.asp?MarkerID=24123