The action of 15 October 1917 was a naval engagement of World War I between Imperial Germany and the United States off the coast of Mine Head, Ireland.Action
The American destroyer , commanded by Lieutenant Commander Walter N. Vernou, was operating off the coast of Ireland in October 1917. On anti-submarine patrols and rescue missions, as well as convoy duty. Operating out of Queenstown, Ireland, she was armed with four guns and eight torpedo tubes. The German submarine —on a typical unrestricted U-boat mission — was cruising in British waters, attacking Allied shipping. She was armed with a deck gun and torpedoes.On 15 October 1917, Cassin sighted U-61 at about south of Mind Head at 13:30 and from the ship. The German submarine sighted Cassin as well, she immediately submerged and began to flee. A pursuit ensued for an hour; at about 14:30, U-61s commander—Victor Dieckmann—decided to engage the tailing American warship.The Germans then turned about and surfaced to
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