World War II Casualties for Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard
RIBBENTROP, Walker Archie, Motor
Machinist's Mate 3c, USNR. Prents, Mr.
and Mrs. Archie Ribbentrop, RFD 2,
Pleasant St. Freeport.
Portland Press Herald - August 29, 1944
American Battle Monuments Commission
Walter A. Ribbentrop
Motor Machinist's Mate Third Class,
U.S. Navy, United States Naval
Entered Service From - Maine
Date of Death - August 2, 1944
Status - Missing in Action
Memorialized - Tablets of the Missing
Cambridge American Cemetery
Awards: Purple Heart
Completing her Casablanca runs with her
return to New York 21 May 1944, FISKE
joined the hunter-killer group
formed around escort carrier WAKE
ISLAND (CVE-65) at Norfolk
10 June.  Five days later her group sailed
to patrol across the Atlantic, putting into
Casablanca to replenish 20 to 24 July.  On
2 August, during a special hunt for
submarines known to be transmitting
weather information from stations in the
central Atlantic, FISKE and sister ship
detached from the task group to investigate
a visual contact both had made.  The
contact, surfaced U-804, quickly dived, but
the two escorts picked it up on sonar, and
began their attack approach.  Suddenly,
FISKE was torpedoed on her starboard
side amidships, and within 10 minutes, she
broke in two and had to be abandoned.
Thirty of her men were killed and 50 badly
wounded by the explosion, but all who
survived it were rescued by sister ship  
FARQUHAR (DE-139). -  
“Dictionary of
American Naval Fighting Ships,” (1969) Vol.
2, p.408.
(U.S. Navy photo #80-G-270256 from the National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, Md.)