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U-Boat Engagements:  Spain

On June 12, 1917, SS Moreni was attacked and sunk by German submarine U-64, 17 miles southwest of Tabarca Island, Spain.  The U.S. Naval Armed Guard provided great support in defense of the ship during the engagement.  Chief Boatswain's Mate Andrew Copassaki led and fought until the U-Boat disappeared, receiving the Navy Cross for his actions.   Four guardsmen were killed in the engagement.   While serving as an officer on USS Christabel (SP-162), Ensign Daniel A. Sullivan, USNRF, exhibited "extraordinary heroism" in securing live depth charges that had come loose during combat with a German U-Boat off the coast of Spain on May 21, 1918.  For his actions, Sullivan received the Medal of Honor.

Image:  NH 118638:  SS Moreni being attacked, June 12, 1917.   U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.