PFC Robert Gale Longwell
Record NO: (427)
Rank / Rate
War of Service
Date of birth
Nov 7, 1925
Place of birth / home town
Family Members
High School
Enlistment Date
Service Number
Unit / Ship / duty Station
66th Infantry Division, 262nd Infantry Regiment
Date of Casuality
Dec 24, 1944
Cause of Death or Status
Place of Incident
Off Coast of Cherbourg, France 49° 45'N, 1° 34'W - Grid BF 3553
Place of Burial or Memorial
Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial
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At 17.54 hours on 24 Dec 1944 the Leopoldville (Master Charles Limbor) in convoy WEP-3 was hit by one of two torpedoes from U-486 about five miles off Cherbourg and sank over the stern at 20.40 hours. The ship carried 2235 officers and ratings of the US 66th Infantry Division and a crew of 139 men. The master, 55 crew members and 763 soldiers were lost.