15 October 1917
War at Sea
USS Cassin (DD-43) is struck by a torpedo fired by U-61. Only one man was killed - Gunner's mate 1st Class Osmond Kelly Ingram, who attempted to drop the Cassin's depth charges over the side before the torpedo hit and was killed in the resulting explosion. Ingram became the first enlisted man to be have a US warship named after him, the Clemson class destroyer USS Ingram (DD-255). The Cassin survived the attack and was towed to safety, repaired and returned to duty.
How to cite this article: Rickard, J (28 December 2007), 15 October 1917, http://www.historyofwar.org/firstworldwar/daybyday/1917_10_15.html