26 February 1943 — At Sea
Elwin William Sigler
Born: in Jefferson, Iowa January 26, 1921
Father: Matson Sigler
Mother: Bertha Mae Livingston
Soon after Elwin was born his mother and father
went there separate ways. Elwin visited many
family members over the next 20 years but most
of the time he spent with his Mom.
Like many brave American’s Elwin joined the Navy
because we were under attack. He gave the
ultimate sacrifice so that we could live free.
Thank’s Uncle Elwin!
On 10 January 1943 Argonaut spotted a convoy of
five freighters and their destroyer escorts. An
Army aircraft was by chance flying overhead and
witnessed Argonaut's attack. Argonaut hit at least
one of the destroyers with her torpedoes, and they
promptly counter attacked. A crew member on
board the plane saw Argonaut's bow suddenly
break the water at an unusual angle. It was
apparent that a depth charge had severely
damaged the submarine. The destroyer continued
circling Argonaut and pumping shells into her.
She slipped below the waves and was never heard
from again. One hundred and five officers and
men went down with the submarine. Her name
was struck from the Navy list on 26 February 1943.