George Huss Interview My ship was stationed in the South Pacific and fueled the Pacific Battle Fleet. We offloaded our gasoline and fuel oil into aircraft carriers and battleships. Also, we steamed with a line of five battleships and many aircraft carriers, destroyers, and cruisers. We were always well behind the actual battle. One day, in the early morning, our ship was in the Ulithi Atoll on the Peleliu chain ready to sail when a Japanese midget sub launched a torpedo that sank us. I remember I was on duty at 5:45AM when we got hit. I remember jumping overboard with my life preserver and getting picked up by a lifeboat.