Monthly Archives: October 2011

Germans torpoedo USS Reuben James, 115 Americans killed 70 years ago this hour (1941)

(Friday, October 31, 1941, 5:25 a.m. local time, 37 days before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor) — The destroyer USS Reuben James was torpedoed by a German U-boat this morning near Iceland, killing more than 100 United States Navy sailors. It is the first U.S. Navy vessel sunk by enemy action in World War II. Continue reading Germans torpoedo USS Reuben James, 115 Americans killed 70 years ago this hour (1941)