Funeral in the sea of sailor Julius T. Petrella, Radioman 3 \ c from Spencer of the US Coast Guard (USCGC Spencer).
Julius T. Petrella died from wounds sustained by friendly fire from armed HX-233 merchant ships of the maritime convoy at the time of the Spencer attack on the U-175 submarine of Nazi Kriegsmarine.
Julius T. Petrella was the only dead American sailor in the U-175 drowning episode. 24 American sailors were injured. They were all aboard the Spencer.
In the photo: in the center on the left – the commander of the “Spencer” Harold S. Berdine gives a speech); in the center to the right is the commander of the HX-233 maritime convoy Paul R. Heineman.
In the background are the ships of the HX-233 maritime convoy.
Photo date: April 18, 1943
Author photo: Jack January