Norm St.Germain remembers those he lost the day his ship, the USS Gambier Bay, went down on October 25, 1944 from intense enemy fire.
Most of the crew managed to abandon ship into the sea, but due to miss-communication and other errors, most were not rescued for several days. Leaving survivors to die from exposure as well as Sharks.
“We lost about 160 (crew), some of them died in the raft, sharks got quite a few of them. … I’d try to pull my feet up, of course, but I couldn’t.”
— NORM ST. GERMAIN, WHO SPENT 47 HOURS IN A LIFE RAFT IN THE LEYTE GULF AFTER HIS SHIP WAS SUNK