CGC Spencer vs. U-175, 1943
Official Caption: "HE COULD AFFORD TO SACRIFICE HIS LIFE -- CAN YOU AFFORD TO BUY ANOTHER WAR BOND?: His hands clenched in death's agony, this young Coast Guardsman falls mortally wounded at his battle station. Tender, swift hands of his shipmates are helpless. This boy died that his Coast Guard combat cutter might win a battle on the long road to final victory. His sacrifice will not have been in vain, if our freedom is preserved. Support the Sixth War Bond Drive by investing today in that final victory." Date: 17 April 1943; Photo No.: 1931; Photographer: Jack January Source – NARA Description: RM 3/c Julius Petrella was killed by shrapnel from a boat davit that had been hit by friendly fire, probably from one of the guns manned by the Naval Armed Guard on board nearby merchant vessels. Ironically shrapnel from that hit to the davit also holed the Spencer's powered monomoy lifeboat. As such the boarding team had to launch the pulling lifeboat and that, of course, slowed their attempt to board the U-boat, which probably saved the lives of at least two of the boarding team members. Spencer crewman in the dark coat administering aid to RM 3/c Petrella is Pharmacist's Mate 1/c Daniel Jack Horton.

Photo by: USCG Historian's Office -- Scott Price (& NARA) |  VIRIN: 240621-G-G0000-029.JPG