Person:George Stegenga (1)

m. 6 Apr 1901
  1. Otte Steegenga1902 -
  2. Mintje Stegenga1906 - 1997
  3. Pieter Stegenga1908 - 1975
  4. Jitze Stegenga1910 - 1986
  5. Fannie Stegenga1913 - 1998
  6. Frank Stegenga1915 - 1959
  7. Louis Stegenga1917 - 1984
  8. George Stegenga1921 - 1942
Facts and Events
Name George Stegenga
Gender Male
Birth[1] 20 Dec 1921 Boyden, Sioux, Iowa, United States
Occupation? 1942 Apprentice Seaman. USS Jacob Jones (DD 130) Destroyer
Death[2][3] 28 Feb 1942 New York - Patrol Area Off Cape May and Delaware CapesPosition 38.37N, 74.32W - Grid CA 5458

History Completed in October 1919 and already decommissioned in 1922. 1930 recommissioned and mainly used in the Atlantic Fleet. From 1936 to 1939 in the Squadron 40-T, to proctect American interests in the Spanish Civil War. 1940 Neutrality Patrol. Since 1941 on escort duty in the North Atlantic.

In January 1942, the destroyer attacked an unidentified U-boat while escorting the convoy SC-63 without visible results. Later escorted the convoy HX-169 and on 2 February, the destroyer attacked another U-boat contact, while escorting a Norwegian merchant, again without results, then escorted the convoy ON-59. On 22 February, the destroyer attacked a possible U-boat off Ambrose Light ship for five hours in 12 attacks, dropping all 57 depth charges, but only some oil slicks were seen on the surface.

Notes on loss On the morning of 27 Feb, 1942, USS Jacob Jones (DD 130) (LtCdr Hugh D. Black) departed New York alone to patrol and search the area between Barnegat Light and Five Fathoms Bank. She then received orders to concentrate her patrol activity in waters off Cape May and the Delaware Capes. In the afternoon, the destroyer spotted the burning wreckage of the R.P. Resor, which had been torpedoed by U-578 the same day. The destroyer circled the tanker for two hours, searching for survivors before resuming her southward course.

At 10.57 hours on 28 February, USS Jacob Jones was hit by two torpedoes from U-578, while proceeding completely blacked out at 15 knots. The first torpedo struck on the port side just aft of the bridge and ignited the ship´s magazine. The explosion completely destroyed the bridge, the chart room and the officer´s and petty officer´s quarters. As the ship stopped, the second torpedo struck on the port side about 40 feet forward of the fantail and carried away the after part of the ship above the keel plates and shafts and destroyed the after crew´s quarters. The ship remained afloat for 45 minutes, allowing about 30 survivors to abandon ship on four or five rafts. But as the stern sank, the unsecured depth charges exploded, killing several survivors on a nearby raft. Some hours later, an US Army observation plane sighted the life rafts and reported their position to USS PE-56 on Inshore Patrol. The patrol craft was forced to abandon her search after three hours, due to strong winds and rising seas. She had picked up twelve survivors, but one of them died en route to Cape May. The search for survivors continued for two days but was fruitless.

  1. Birth , in Iowa, County Births, 1880-1935.
  2. Death, in