Cape Elizabeth in Cumberland County, Maine — The American Northeast (New England)
U.S.S. Eagle-56 (PE-56)
In memory of the officers and crewmen of the U.S. Navy's Eagle Class Sub-Chaser U.S.S. Eagle-56 (PE-56) torpedoed and sunk by the German U-boat U-853 approximately nine miles southeast of this location on Monday, 23 April 1945 with the loss of forty-nine officers and crewmen. Thirteen survivors were rescued. The greatest loss of U.S. Navy personnel in New England waters during World War II.
Location. 43° 37.35′ N, 70° 12.518′ W. Marker is in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, in Cumberland County. Click for map. Memorial is about 250 feet SSW of Portland Head Light, in Fort Williams Park, off Shore Road. Marker is in this post office area: Cape Elizabeth ME 04107, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Portland Head Light (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Williams (within shouting distance of this marker); Civilian Conservation Corps (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Fort Williams (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); A Town Within A Town (about 300 feet away); CCC Headquarters (about 300 feet away); Annie C. McGuire Shipwreck Memorial (about 400 feet away); Battery Blair (about 600 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Cape Elizabeth.
Also see . . .
1. Eagle Class Patrol Craft. (Submitted on December 10, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. The Mystery of Eagle 56. (Submitted on December 10, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Categories. • Patriots & Patriotism • War, World II • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 688 times since then and 33 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.